Catholics United for the Faith asks that you join us in praying for our beloved spiritual advisor, Fr. Ray Ryland. Yesterday, on the feast of St. Patrick, Fr. Ryland suffered a serious fall after morning Mass and incurred brain damage. He is not expected to survive. We ask you to entrust our dear Fr. Ryland, as well as his family, to the loving care of the Blessed Mother. In particular, we also ask for the powerful intercession of St. Joseph, the patron of a happy death, as we pray:
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage.
O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.