We know you as one who dreamed, had visions
and listened to your God with faithfulness.
We know of your longing to be in right relationship and your
dependence on God for such a grace.
We pray to you as an ordinary artisan who knew what his gifts were
and dared to teach them to Jesus, the Son of God.
We pray to you as we dare to emulate your modeling of forgiveness
and your ability to love unconditionally
what was not your own.
We pray to you, Joseph the immigrant,
who journeyed no matter what the cost,
to protect those you loved,
that we might imitate such love on our own journey with God.
We pray to you to intercede for us with the God of your ancestors and ours.
We pray to you as the patron of the universal church
and the patron of the dying.
We pray to you to ask Mary and Jesus that our loved ones and we
might experience the grace of
a peaceful death.
- Sister Jeanne Rodgers