St. Joseph Promise: The
Protector of Teenagers
Why is this
called the Saint Joseph Promise?
What can Saint Joseph do about pressure on teenagers to be unchaste,
what does the Saint know about adolescents? Good questions.
Saint Joseph was
foster father of Jesus and
the legal husband of Mary. Although Mary and Joseph were truly married,
Mary conceived the Savior, not through the loving union of parents, but
through the loving power of the Holy Spirit. Mary so loved God
she was inspired at a young age to dedicate all to God in a special
manner, to vow her virginity to God as her way of saying to her
"I love You!" Men and women who dedicate their all to God in this
special manner are called virgins."
St. Joseph was
natural father of Jesus
as his blood did not flow in the veins of Christ. Although we rightly
that Saint Joseph was truly the husband of Mary, he was not the natural
father of Jesus. But as Mary's true husband, he acted like a father
her Child, providing Him and her all that a father provides:
food, clothing, shelter. Thus, we call Saint Joseph the foster father
Jesus. Let us never fear the mysteries in our Faith which only Heaven
unravel for our edification.
Today in the
hear a lot about conscience.
We hear that conscience will always guide you; and if your conscience
you something is OK, then it must be OK. But in reality that does not
you shall forgive, they
are forgiven." If your conscience were sufficient to keep you straight
and narrow, there would never be sins to forgive. We need more than
our conscience. God did not send Moses down the mountain with ten
God gave Moses TEN COMMANDMENTS, because God knows that conscience
is insufficient. Nor did God suggest that we pick out the Commandments
we like nor just those that appeal to us. All ten of the
are truly commandments and we are bound to obey them.
it males a lot of sense
to get a little help. We all need it! Teenagers today have it the
and getting some heavenly help in these tough growing years can reap
later on. When growing up young adults have their human heroes or a
of fame od ideal models to follow. St. Joseph may no longer be well
to some of today's teenagers, but because of his state in life he is a
sure model to follow. For purity, for family, for direction, go to
Joseph. The foster father of Jesus lived a life of chastity, so he
and understands the struggle. He was the one person closest to Jesus
Mary, the Mother of God, so he is powerful. If power is needed to fight
the fire, and it is, GO TO ST. JOSEPH.
St. Joseph can
rightfully be called the Patron
Saint of Teenagers. Why?
1. Because Saint
Joseph took the promise of virginity
when he was likely still a relatively young man. Most artistic images
St. Joseph portray him as an old man, but we know he worked to support
the Holy Family, so while he was probably a bit older than Mary who was
but a teen when she consented to be the Mother of God, Joseph would
been still young enough to work and provide the physical security for
2. Because Saint
Joseph was rewarded with what
could be called the happiest and most perfect marriage that ever took
in this world -- the hope and aspiration
of most teenagers. This married bless was but one of the many rewards
to St. Joseph for his life of virginity.
3. Because in
Family St. Joseph resembled
us most closely as he was truly a human being like us in all ways. We
imitate his noble, challenging ways. Jesus is the incarnation, our God
made man, our Messiah. mary is the spotless creature, the one human
without even the stain of sin, Original and actual. But it was St.
who filled the human role of guardian, provider and protector,
his own needs and desires to accomplish it.
Any teenager or
single, adult can go to
St. Joseph to learn to follow Jesus, and to live a life as rich in
and contentment as St. Joseph.
about me, but I do not know
as much about you as perhaps I should. However, you must have been
to be selected as the foster father of Our Lord Jesus and His Mother's
I want to make
called the St. Joseph Promise,
that I recently read about, and which Promise I am making for this
I wish to be
very happy, whenever I should
marry. I mean that I want to be happy all my married life. My parents
a good marriage, but some of classmates' parents do not. My parents may
not always talk about their happiness, so I am presuming that they are
happy or at least content.
But I want to be
really happy and I guess that
I am asking for a kind of reward in return for my making this Promise.
I am still a teenager and like most kids my age I find it difficult to
put my feelings in words, especially to my parents, whom I know love me
more than anything else in this world. It is that I get embarrassed,
here goes . . .
I PROMISE NOT TO
PART IN, OR TO ENJOY THE
PRIVILEGES OF MARRIAGE, UNTIL I MYSELF HAVE RECEIVED THE SACRAMENT OF
THROUGH THE KINDNESS OF GOD AND THE BLESSING OF HOLY MOTHER CHURCH. I
THAT MY GIFT TO MY WIFE/HUSBAND ON OUR WEDDING DAY WILL BE MY VIRGINITY
AND MY PROMISE OF CHASTITY IN MARRIAGE, THAT IS TO USE THE CONJUGAL
IN ACCORD WITH THE WILL OF GOD, FREE OF CONTRACEPTION AND THE USE OF MY
SPOUSE FOR MY OWN GRATIFICATION. I PROMISE THAT GOD WILL GIVE US THE
OF CHILDREN HE WANTS TO BLESS US WITH AND TO BE GRATEFUL TO KNOW THAT
ALONE KNOWS HOW MANY CHILDREN WE SHOULD HAVE.
If this is not
as correctly as I could
have said, Saint Joseph, surely you know how to put it together before
presenting my promise to the Lord. Please give my promise to Jesus in
form of a prayer that my marriage will always be pleasing to Him and
blessed with happiness. Dear St. Joseph, I wish to abstain from all
acts, including sinful kissing, now and in the future and I ask your
and strength that i most surely need. I take you as my special Patron
this Promised endeavor.
This is my Saint
May it be
you and to Jesus and to
your Spouse, the Blessed Virgin Mary!
ask Jesus and Mary to remain
ever in my thoughts along with you so that I will conquer the
of masturbation so deliberately promoted in the media and elsewhere
. . . I long to be be pure in thought, word, and body, always. And
me when I need it and forget that I should spend time in the company of
like-intended young people and encourage others to make the promise
A DAILY PRAYER OF PETITION TO ST.
adopt me as thy child.
Take care of my salvation and watch over me day
and night, preserve from the occasion of sin, and obtain for me purity
of soul and body!
intercession with Jesus, grant me
a spirit of sacrifice, of humility, of self-denial, a great love for
in the Blessed Sacrament, and a tender love for Mary, my Mother.
Saint Joseph, be
me living, be with me dying,
and obtain for me a favorable judgment from Jesus, my merciful Savior.
I PROMISE NOT TO TAKE PART IN, OR TO ENJOY THE
PRIVILEGES OF MARRIAGE, UNTIL I MYSELF HAVE RECEIVED THE SACRAMENT OF
THROUGH THE KINDNESS OF GOD AND THE BLESSING OF HOLY MOTHER CHURCH.
MY OWN WEAKNESS I HAVE ALREADY FAILED IN MY DUTY TO REMAIN CHASTE
MARRIAGE, BUT I HAVE REPENTED; NOW I INTEND THAT MY GIFT TO MY
ON OUR WEDDING DAY WILL BE MY REPENTANCE OF THIS SIN, AND AS A PLEDGE
MY REPENTANCE, MY PROMISE OF CHASTITY IN MARRIAGE, THAT IS TO USE
THE CONJUGAL PRIVILEGE IN ACCORD WITH THE WILL OF GOD, FREE OF
AND THE USE OF MY SPOUSE FOR MY OWN GRATIFICATION. I PROMISE THAT GOD
GIVE US THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN HE WANTS TO BLESS US WITH AND TO BE
TO KNOW THAT HE ALONE KNOWS HOW MANY CHILDREN WE SHOULD HAVE.
Sweetheart's Daily Prayer O St.
Joseph, Model of justice, and therefore
I beseech Thee to direct me in my choice of a
future wife. Grant me especially wisdom and deliberation in this
Make both my friendship and courtship especially chaste, unselfish,
thrifty, and cheerful. Be my companion in single as well as in wedded
For a Happy and
Friendship and Courtship
1. Receive our
Holy Communion every Sunday
for strength to be and act like a Christlike man/lady.
2. Pray to the
Mother every day for grace
to grow in faith, and in prayerfulness/to respect and protect her
Gentleman Who was so unselfish
at home and abroad/Imitate Mary the Virgin in her modesty, in the
of her charity, her womanly way.
4. Be rich in
masculine interests and grow in
the art of conversation and of being interesting/Be rich in womanly
and womanly skills, cooking, sewing, nursing, and homemaking.
5. Learn to make
decisions for yourself. Learn
to save and be a pleasant companion/Try to grow up. Learn to save. Know
when to speak and when to keep silent.
6. Strive for an
esteem of the Sacrament of Marriage
and of your God-given calling as a husband and father/God-given calling
as wife and mother in building a Catholic marriage and a Catholic home.