"I believe that anyone who wishes to be devout and live piously in Jesus will suffer persecution and will have a daily cross to carry. But he will never manage to carry a heavy cross, or carry it joyfully and perseveringly, without a trusting devotion to our Lady, who is the very sweetness of the cross. It is obvious that a person could not keep on eating without great effort unripe fruit which has not been sweetened."
-- St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin)
Prayer to St. Joseph for Persecuted Priests
Dearest St. Joseph,
be the protector and defender of those priests undergoing persecution for being faithful to their Lord and Sovereign Priest, Jesus Christ.
See in them the image of thy beloved child,
and cherish them with that tender solicitude which God places in Thy paternal heart.
Obtain for them the good graces of thy Queen and Spouse, for such graces of predilection will surely lighten their burdens and render their crosses sweet. Amen