Novena to St. Joseph, how faith impacts science and my dad as a child

It’s a banner day here at the Fenelon Clan Abode! It seems I have stuff popping up all over the place…

Before we get to that, let me wish you a Blessed Feast of St. Joseph! Below I’ve copied a traditional prayer to St. Joseph and it’s history that I obtained from http://prayertostjoseph.org/ Today, I’m beginning a novena to St. Joseph for all fathers searching for jobs. We all know at least one; won’t you join me? Here’s the prayer:

Oh, 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. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your devine Son all spiritual blessings, throughJesus 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.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesusasleep 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 me.

This prayer was found in the fiftienth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, not shall posion take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy; or shall be burned in any fire, or shall be overpowered in battle.

Say for nine mornings for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail, so be sure you really want what you ask.

Next, I have for you a fascinating article I wrote for National Catholic Register about the impact of faith on science:

http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/god-created-the-heavens-and-the-earth/

Finally, my latest column for Integrated Catholic Life that tells what happened a few weeks back when, for the first time, I saw a photo of my dad as a child:

http://www.integratedcatholiclife.org/2012/03/fenelon-lean-on-your-father/

May our holy St. Joseph bless you and your families today!

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