This morning, while I was finally responding to some ancient correspondence from a dear religious sister friend, I came across a holy card that she had sent me, that I had forgotten about. It has a prayer to the Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph on it. This is a good prayer:
St. Joseph, you accepted your mission from God: to be the husband of Mary and the foster-father and guardian of Jesus. In the home at Nazareth and in your most chaste heart, there was no place for sin. Help us to imitate that purity of heart and act with resolve like you, when God calls. May the power of grace transform us to accept the reign of Christ in our own hearts. Inspire in us a strong devotion to your most chaste heart. In doing so, you promise to safeguard us in this life and console and defend us at the moment of death. St. Joseph, we trust in your intercession. You wait silently, always at hand and pleased to assist those who dedicate themselves to you. And at the end of our lives, may we enjoy and share your most privileged intimacy with Our Lady and the Blessed Trinity in heaven. Amen.
* * *