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My sister, Natasha, has written for The Feminine Gift, (most notably here, and here) about entrusting her family and all their needs to St. Joseph. In many remarkable ways, they have always been provided for. As is often the way with God, though, while our prayers are always answered, the work we have to do can be arduous and the challenge to trust in His provision can be daunting.
This school year has been particularly tough for her and her husband. He is a teacher, having a difficult time getting on with the local school board. When she tells me about what they’re going through, she still sounds at peace because, as she said, she feels God is asking her to let Him provide. She is angry at the board’s hiring practices, but not at God. Knowing how tenuous their situation is, I consider that to be an act of grace. Her husband, being the sole provider and a man who feels his responsibilities keenly, is feeling the strain, though he too knows it’s up to God to ante up and show them the way forward. They have a definite and imminent deadline by which they will need to make big decisions. They need an answer. They need a direction. They need income.
I know there are others like them among you. I know that many families – even single folks – have deliberately chosen to live outside of economic security. Many of you have decided to raise families on one income, or to work in low paying ministries. Some of you may be working as many hours as you can manage, and are just getting by, pay cheque to pay cheque.
Here’s what I propose: let’s pray. There is a wonderful tradition of offering a spiritual bouquet for a person in need. Among us there are many in financial need, so let’s pray for them. Could you offer a rosary? Take an hour of Adoration? Give up chocolate for a week? Pray with scripture for a month? Do a novena? Whatever it is, let it be something you are realistically able to do without infringing on the responsibilities you already have. Even the shortest prayers are effective – consider this one: “O Lord, help!”
Consider leaving a note in the comment box to let us know if there is a specific need you would like us to add to our intentions - or to let us know if you are able to join in our petitions.
We will do battle for our friends in a thoroughly feminine way. We will offer the Lord our love for them, and please Him with the abundance and beauty of our bouquet.