Let us join in heartfelt prayer and fasting for our families and our nation at this critical hour in history!  In addition to the beautiful prayer below, we can invoke holy married saints:  Saints Joseph and Mary (parents of Jesus), Joachim and Anna (grandparents of Jesus, parents of his mother Mary) along with the newly-beatified Louis and Zelie Martin (parents of St. Therese, the Little Flower).  May these married saints help us protect marriage and protect our daughters with the passage of Props 8 and 4.
 
PLEASE VOTE YES ON PROPOSITIONS 8 AND 4.
 
"Dearest Joseph, Mary, Joachim, Anna, Louis and Zelie, please pray for the sanctity and protections of our families!" Amen
 
PRAYER FOR MARRIAGE AND FAMILY
 
Triune Lord of Life and Love,
Bless husbands and wives
With the graces
To be life-giving lovers
And life-loving givers.
As generous and responsible parents,
Who respect children
As the most excellent fruit of marriage.
May every marital embrace
Be free, total, faithful
And open to life.
May the dark scourge
Of self-centered anxiety,
Contraception, sterilization, abortion,
And every other sin against the
Sacred meaning of human sexuality,
Be vanquished by your healing Mercy,
Coupled with graces
To faithfully live
The glorious beauty of your purpose
For marriage and family,
In the image of the Holy Family,
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
And in your own Image:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen*
 
Please pass this prayer on!
 
*Reprinted from the Guardian of the Redeemer Magazine
http//www.osjoseph.org
Prayer cards of the above prayer are available from the
California Association of Natural Family Planning
www.canfp.org     1-877-33-CANFP
www.canfp.org/Newsletters/PDF/03_3.pdf
To download and send this prayer to others:  www.thecatholictreasurechest.com/wmarriage.htm
 
JMJ Divine Inspirations
Spiritual Advisor, Fr. John Warbruton, O.S.J. (Oblate of St. Joseph)