So going back to the day my uncle died… the whole Church should be well aware that it was St. Joseph's Feast Day on that day - March 19th - so for me it was the first glimmer of hope that my uncle's unattended passing may not have been "unattended" after all; that the day God chose for him to quit this world was not a mere coincidence since St. Joseph is the Patron Saint of a Peaceful and Happy Death. I had hoped, that somehow there was really more to the auspicious date and that perhaps St. Joseph's intercession was involved.
So before ending this latest posting, I'd like to share the beautiful prayer below, which is one I've been praying every morning in front of a little statue of St. Joseph and a clothing-relic of his in my ministry's custody. I feel in my heart that the coincidental signs and blessings we received on March 19th were due to the sincere and diligent recital of this prayer to "St. Joe", as I sometimes affectionately refer to him. Please pray it and may you also experience the help of this Saint in your own life... and perhaps even at the end of it. St. Joseph, help of the dying, pray for us.
*** This lay-ministry currently has a limited supply of Relic Prayer Cards, which are being offered to the readers of this blog at no charge (Hawaii or US-mainland residents only). Each card bears a beautiful image of St. Joseph on one side and the above prayer on the other; laminated with a piece of cloth that was prayed over and touched to a rare relic of St. Joseph's cloak ("Ex Pallio") in the custody of this lay-ministry. If you would like to receive one of these prayer cards (one card per person, per request), please email me - Peter - with your full name and mailing address at email@example.com (indicate "St. Joseph Card Request" in the subject line).