Allison over at Totus Tuus had a wonderful post last week about picking a patron Saint for yourself, your family or even your blog, for the year 2009. She even volunteered to let the Holy Spirit lead her and pick one for you. I decided to see who she would pick for our family and I was so glad that she was led to pick a very dear friend and companion of our family. In fact, this saint has been the patron saint of our business for the past 11 years.
The wonderful and ever faithful St. Joseph. I can't tell you how many times the intercessory powers of this faithful saint have been called upon by our family. Many times we can even say that he sends us the answer to our prayers just the way we asked for them.
If you are not familiar with it, there is a wonderful prayer to St. Joseph from the Pieta prayer book. I've posted it before, but in honor of our 2009 Patron Saint, I'll post it again:
O St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer my Thanksgiving and Homage to the most Loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
I'm not sure if Allison is still picking saints for people, but you can certainly pick one for yourself. I think it is a nice idea to have a different Saint that our family can get aquainted with each year. It's like bringing new friends into the family - ones that will stay for a lifetime!