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Consecration to St Joseph

“So then, my son, tell all those that honour this Chaste Heart of mine they will receive the grace of my protection from all evils and dangers. For those who surrender to me will not be slaughtered by misfortunes, by wars, hunger, by diseases and other calamities, they will have my Heart as a refuge for their protection. Here, in my Heart, all will be protected against the divine justice in the days that will come. All who consecrate themselves to my Heart, honouring it, they will be looked upon by my Son Jesus with eyes of mercy, Jesus will pour out his love and will take to the glory of his Kingdom all those I put in my Heart.”

(Message of Saint Joseph to a humble soul in Brazil, 7th March 1998)

Prayer of Consecration to the Chaste Heart of St Joseph:

“O dearest Saint Joseph, I consecrate myself to your honour and give myself to you, that you may always be my father, my protector and my guide in the way of salvation. Obtain for me a greater purity of heart and fervent love of the interior life. After your example may I do all my actions for the greater glory of God, in union with the Divine Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. O Blessed Saint Joseph, pray for me, that I may share in the peace and joy of your holy death. Amen.”

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30 Day Novena to St Joseph

Our Lady once revealed to Venerable Mary of Agreda that “Whatever my spouse asks of the Lord in Heaven is granted upon the earth.”

This 30 day Novena Prayer to Saint Joseph prayed with confidence, in honour of the 30 years he spent with Jesus and Mary, has been known to draw great graces and even miracles from heaven.

Revised and enlarged by LG Sleiman, 5th March 2023

To take part in this Novena, say this prayer every day for 30 days:

Ever blessed and glorious Joseph, kind and loving father, and helpful friend of all in sorrow! 

You are the good father and protector of orphans, the defender of the defenceless, the patron of those in need and sorrow. 

Look kindly on my requests. My sins have drawn down on me the just displeasure of my God, and so I am surrounded with unhappiness. 

To you, loving guardian of the Family of Nazareth, do I go for help and protection. 

Listen, then, I beg you, with fatherly concern, to my earnest prayers, and obtain for me the favors I ask of you. 

I ask it in virtue of the purity of heart and excellence of love with which you committed your life to the service of God. 

I ask it in virtue of the joy and beatitude that filled your heart when you were betrothed to the holy Virgin Mary.

I ask it by the infinite mercy of the eternal Son of God, which moved Him to descend from Heaven to earth and to be clothed in human nature because He delights to dwell among the children of men. 

I ask it by the joy that filled your heart when the angel revealed to you that Mary‘s child was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

I ask it in virtue of your holy matrimony, the joyful harmony of your lives, and the blessed union of your hearts.

I ask it by the weariness and suffering you endured when you found no shelter at the inn of Bethlehem for the Queen of Heaven and, being everywhere refused, you were forced to take shelter in an abandoned cave.

I ask it in virtue of your joy when you witnessed the peace that quietly descended upon a sleeping world when the Son of God was born of the holy Virgin Mary on a cold winter night in Bethlehem. 

I ask it in virtue of your joy in seeing the Divine Child visited by angels, shepherds, and wise men from the East. 

I ask it by the loveliness and power of the sacred Name of Jesus which you conferred on the adorable Infant. 

I ask it by the painful torture you felt at the prophecy of holy Simeon, which declared Jesus and Mary future victims of our sins and of their great love for us. 

I ask it through your sorrow and pain of soul when the angel declared to you that the life of the Child Jesus was sought by His enemies, so that you had to flee with Him and His Blessed Mother to Egypt. 

I ask it by all the suffering, weariness, and labors of that long and dangerous journey.

I ask it by all the care and solicitude with which you embarked upon your return journey home with Jesus and Mary, when you were instructed to come out of Egypt. 

I ask it by your peaceful life in Nazareth where you met with so many joys, ever new infusions of divine grace, and so many tokens of God’s loving kindness. 

I ask it by your great distress when the adorable Child was lost to you and His Mother for three days after your visit to Jerusalem. 

I ask it by your indescribable joy at finding Him in the Temple, and by the comfort you found at Nazareth, while living in the company of Jesus and Mary. 

I ask it by the indescribable humility Jesus manifested in His submission and obedience to you.

I ask it in virtue of the love and fidelity with which you continued to serve Jesus and Mary all the days of your life.

I ask it by the perfect love and obedience with which you accepted the Divine order to depart from this life, and from the company of Jesus and Mary.

I ask it in virtue of your sacred and holy and happy death, because you died in the arms of Jesus and Mary. 

I ask it by the joy which filled your soul, when the Redeemer of the world rose from the dead, took possession of His Kingdom, and led you therein with special honors. 

I ask it through Mary’s glorious Assumption, and through that endless happiness you share with her in the presence of God. 

O good father! I beg you, by all your sufferings, sorrows, and joys, to hear me and obtain for me what I ask. (Here name your petitions or think of them.) Obtain for all those who have asked my prayers and all those who pray for me everything that is useful to them in the plan of God.

My dear patron and father, be with me and all who are dear to me in our last moments, that we may eternally sing the praises of JESUS, MARY and JOSEPH.

“A blameless life, St. Joseph, may we lead, by your kind patronage from danger freed.”

St Joseph, Pray for us.

Our Father. Hail Mary. Glory Be. 

The Peace of Mankind

St Faustina writes:

“On one occasion, I heard these words:

My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy [139] be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners.

On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.

On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.

Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.

Diary of St Faustina, 697

The Infinite Merits Of Christ

The merits of our Lord’s Cross and Resurrection have infinite value before the Father, and that for all time and eternity. These merits are never diminished, much as they are graciously poured out upon all souls. (See: Catechism of Catholic Church, 1476-1477)

We have access to Christ’s infinite merits through the Church, the Sacraments, and through prayer.

Our Lord Jesus also chose to open the floodgates, to pour out His infinite merits, His Divine Mercy, especially at three o’clock, the holy hour of His sacred death on the Cross:

“At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world. I will allow you to enter into My mortal sorrow. In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.” (Diary of St Faustina, 1320)

There is nothing that the soul cannot obtain from our Lord Jesus when it comes to Him with confidence and trust in His infinite goodness and mercy.


Lord Jesus, in virtue of the infinite love with which you opened your arms upon the Cross and suffered death in order to give us life, in virtue of your Divine Mercy, deliver us from our miseries.

Drive away the dangers that threaten our lives and salvation, cover us in your precious Blood, do not put us to the test, lead us not into temptation, fill us with true and perfect contrition for our sins, with the spirit of reconciliation, with the spirit of prayer, with the deepest love of your Sacred Passion, restore us to your friendship, and grant us your Holy Spirit evermore.

(You can say this prayer at the start of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, if you like)

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Rosary: the Sorrowful Mysteries

Introductory Prayers to each of the five sorrowful mysteries.

LG Sleiman

1. Prayer and Agony of our Lord Jesus in the Garden of Olives.

Lord Jesus, source of all peace and serenity, during your prayer and agony in the Garden, you suffered such anguish and pain that you sweated drops of blood upon the ground. In virtue of the love which moved you to suffer in this way, turn our hearts back to God, strengthen our resolve to love you, and unite us with the holy will of God.

2. The Scourging of our Lord Jesus at the Pillar.

Lord Jesus, heavenly Physician, you were wounded so that we may be healed (Isaiah 53:5). Hide us in your sacred wounds, especially the wound in your Sacred Heart, cover us in your Precious Blood, until we are healed, in body, soul, and spirit, until we blossom in every way under the light of your healing Love.

3. The Crowning with Thorns.

Lord Jesus, O King of eternal glory, you were crowned with thorns, as though no one recognised your Dignity, your selfless Love, your Royal Priesthood. But you submitted to this crown in order to set us free from pride, ignorance, and arrogance. Grant that, by your wounds, we may be healed.

4. The Way of the Cross.

Lord Jesus, eternal Word of the Father, when you carried your Cross to Calvary, you met with your holy Mother Mary on the way, with the gaze of Her loving eyes. In that mutual gaze, Her Immaculate Heart was completely open to you, and your Sacred Heart was completely open to Mary. Grant that all our troubles, trials, and temptations may be surrendered into the silent communion you shared with your holy Mother in that mutual gaze, that you may restore us to your holiness and friendship.

5. The Crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord Jesus, Author of eternal life, you suffered a Sacred Death on the Cross for our salvation. Grant that, at the foot of the Cross, we may surrender all our burdens, sins, and illnesses to you with unbounded confidence in your Divine Mercy, that you may save us, sanctify us, and restore us to the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

The Letters of St Francis of Paola

Saint Francis of Paola (1416-1507) was healed of a kind of eye disease through the intercession of St Francis of Assisi when he was still a young man, led an extraordinarily ascetic life, had many followers, founded dozens of monasteries, frequently performed miracles, and made several astounding prophecies regarding the end times Army of the Lord—prophecies which are astonishing in their scope and detail, and which are found in the body of his seven letters reproduced here.

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St Francis of Paola: Prophecy

St Francis of Paola on the Army of the Lord

The prophecies of St Francis of Paola (1416-1507) are quite detailed, graphic, and most astounding. There is a lot to take in, to reflect upon, and to revisit again and again, because there is so much depth in these letters that cannot possibly be taken in upon a first reading, in my humble opinion.

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St Louis de Montfort: Prophecy

St Louis on the Army of the Lord.

Saint Louis was a French priest (1673–1716) who is well known for his classic work, “True Devotion To Mary” in which he gives one of the most descriptive and profound prophecies regarding the army of the Lord of the last days.

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The Army Of The Lord

There are several prophecies over the centuries which speak of an army of the Lord to be manifested towards the end of time: a great army of Christian saints who will come to restore all things in Christ and usher in an Age of Peace, the likes of which has never been seen since Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden.

Various saints and seers give us insights into different aspects and functions of this army of the Lord.

This category will examine some of the main prophecies in this regard.

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The Theology of History in St Bonaventure

This page provides a few excerpts from Joseph Ratzinger’s book of the same title re: The Seventh Age of history. For some background click here.

“A. The promise of the seventh age.

“Now that we have established the fact that the primary concern of Bonaventure’s view of history is related to the future, we can determine more precisely the point around which everything is centered. This central point of interest lies in that small section of the sixth age which is yet to be realized, that is, in that mysterious border-line area which separates the perilous present time from that age of Sabbath Rest which is yet to come within the framework of this world. What is it that we are to expect before that long-awaited hour strikes and peace enters the world forever? Everything revolves around this question and is concerned with the determination of that final period of the sexla aelas which remains to be realized.

“In contrast with this problem, the question of the seventh age is relatively simple, and will be treated immediately. Bonaventure himself clarifies what is meant by the seventh age when he says: “Then the prophecy of Ezechiel (401£) will be fulfilled: The Holy City will come down from heaven; not, however, that city ‘which is above’ (Gal. 4, 26), but that one which is below, that is, the church militant. But she will be formed in the likeness of the Church triumphant in as far as this is possible in her pilgrim-state . . . And then there will be peace …”.

Two things are obvious:

(a) “We are dealing with a thoroughly inner-worldly condition. The pilgrim-character is expressly emphasized, and the designation of the “Church militant” is emphatically held in contrast to the “Church triumphant.”

(b) “This period of time represents a state of salvation of a completely new sort. But this does not destroy its inner- worldly, inner-historical, and therefore pre-eschatological character. It is first in this period that the great prophecies of Ezechiel and Isaias will be fulfilled; it is only in this age that the state of redemption will find its full meaning.

(c) “Immediately a question arises. How is this seventh age of Bonaventure related to the seventh age of Joachim? We can take a stand on this question only when we have presented the opinion of Joachim himself, and when we have discovered the new form which the concept of revelation takes on in the Hexaemeron. This concept of revelation will follow from the Bonaventurian theology of history which we are about to develop.”

The Theology of History in Saint Bonaventure, pages 22,23

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