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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz Jägerstätter

Monday, April 30, 2007

A Prayer for Students



This week’s bulletin from St. Raymond of Penafort parish offered the following prayer for all students who are studying for exams:

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino
Who while on earth did obtain from God
The grace to be asked at your examination
Only the questions you knew,
Obtain for me a like favor in the examinations
for which I am now preparing.
In return, I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.

Through Christ, our Lord,

St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for Us.

Amen.

Now I really didn’t know much about St. Joseph of Cupertino so the line about being asked only questions he knew sounded intriguing. A little research shows that St. Joseph of Cupertino lived in the 17th century. He wanted to join the Franciscans but was a terrible student. He was a very pleasant young man, but just couldn’t make information stick in his head. Yet one verse from the Gospel of St. Luke, did seem to stick. “Beatus venter qui te portavit” (Luke 11:27) On this verse he could wax eloquently. I read the following about his oral exam before the bishop:

It came about in this way. Minor Orders in those days were easily conferred, and even the subdiaconate; but for the diaconate and the priesthood a special examination had to be passed, in presence of the bishop himself. As a matter of form, but with no hope of success, Joseph was sent up to meet his fate. The bishop opened the New Testament at haphazard; his eye fell upon the text "Beatus venter qui te portavit," and he asked Joseph to discourse upon it. To the surprise of everyone present Joseph began, and it seemed as if he would never end; he might have been a Master in Theology lost in a favorite theme. There could be no question about his being given the diaconate. A year later came the priesthood, and Joseph had again his ordeal to undergo. He was examined with a number of others One by one the first candidates were tested, and their answers were far above the average. At length the bishop, more than satisfied with what he had heard, cut the examination short, and passed the rest unquestioned. Joseph was among the fortunate candidates who were asked nothing, and was ordained along with the rest. He was twenty-five years of age.

Better to be lucky than good! So pass on this prayer to your favorite students as they prepare for finals. God has a plan for them. He will do wondrous things for them. Like Mary at the Annunciation, they must only answer Fiat!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just passed this along to all of the homeschoolers here who are testing tomorrow! I'm also going to pass it along to my dad, who is in the diaconate program in his diocese and is scheduled to be ordained this November (God willing).

Thanks for posting it :)

-- Bridget