The carpenter from Nazareth knew the precariousness and bitterness [of life] and the concern for tomorrow, but he also knew how to walk in the darkness of certain moments, by letting himself be always guided without reserve by the will of God.
St. Joseph, we ask for your intercession to God to protect this nation and enlighten those responsible for the common good, so that they may know—like you—how to care for the persons entrusted to their responsibility.
Grant the intelligence of knowledge to all who are researching for adequate means [to ensure] the health and the physical well-being of their brothers and sisters.
Sustain those who are spending themselves to help the needy: the volunteers, the nurses, the doctors, who are in the front line in curing the sick, even at risk to their own lives.
Bless the church, starting with her ministers, and make her the sign and instrument of your light and goodness.
Accompany families with your silent prayer and build harmony between parents and children, and especially the youngest ones.
Preserve the elderly from loneliness, and [ensure] that no one falls into the desperation of abandonment or discouragement.
Console the most fragile, encourage the waverer, intercede for the poor.
St. Joseph, together with the Virgin Mary, plead with the Lord so that he may free the world from every form of pandemic.”
Video Message on the feast of St. Joseph
March 19, 2020