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Stressed Out Steven wrote:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

My wife Rosa and I are practicing Catholics.

I have high levels of stress and anxiety as well as an array of issues dealing with my wife's teeth and weight.

  • If possible, could you please recommend a prayer, or two (addressed to a particular Saint or Marian title)?

It might help me cope with my wife's teeth and weight issues so I can become a more Christ-like spouse and Father. Thank you in advance for your advice. Please pray for me and my family.

I already started to pray for your staff members.

God Bless You!

Stay safe and healthy. Sincerely,


  { Can you suggest a prayer to a Saint that helps me cope with my wife's teeth and weight issues? }

Eric replied:


I would recommend recourse to St. Joseph the Foster-Father of Jesus, and St. Joachim, the father of the Blessed Virgin.

This liturgical year is the year of St. Joseph and while it is coming to a close, there is much material out there on him. There is a Litany of St. Joseph that may prove fruitful for you.

A popular book on this topic is Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of our Spiritual Father by Fr. Donald H. Calloway.

There is a patron saint of dentists: St. Apollonia [New Advent][Wikipedia]:

"A venerable Christian woman of Alexandria, who was burned to death after suffering many tortures. Her teeth were broken with pincers, and for this reason she is Invoked against toothache and is represented holding a tooth In pincers. Condemned to die at the stake, she is said to have leapt of her own accord into the flames (249 A.D.)."

The Book of Saints (London: A & C Black, 1921, page 27)


Steven replied:


Thank you for your assistance.

Please pray for my wife, daughter and I.

I shall pray for you.


Mike replied:

Hi, Steven —

I just thought I would throw in the litany Eric was referring to below.

Also, to my surprise, St. Charles Borromeo, well-known for his patronage of clergy who are in the Catholic hierarchy, e.g.: bishops, cardinals, seminarians, and spiritual leaders, is also the patron saint of obesity and dieting.

Litany of St. Joseph

Lord, have mercy on us Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us, Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
St. Joseph, pray for us.
Renowned offspring of David, pray for us.
Light of Patriarchs, pray for us.
Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us.
Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us.
Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.
Diligent protector of Christ, pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family, pray for us.
Joseph most just, pray for us.
Joseph most chaste, pray for us.
Joseph most prudent, pray for us.
Joseph most strong, pray for us.
Joseph most obedient, pray for us.
Joseph most faithful, pray for us.
Mirror of patience, pray for us.
Lover of poverty, pray for us.
Model of artisans, pray for us.
Glory of home life, pray for us.
Guardian of virgins, pray for us.
Pillar of families, pray for us.
Solace of the wretched, pray for us.
Hope of the sick, pray for us.
Patron of the dying, pray for us.
Terror of demons, pray for us.
Protector of Holy Church, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Jesus.
He made him the lord of his household And prince over all his possessions.

Let us pray:

O God, in your ineffable providence you were pleased to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of your most holy Mother. Grant, we beg you, that we may be worthy to have him for our intercessor in heaven whom on earth we venerate as our Protector: You who live and reign forever and ever.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.


I hope this helps,


Steven replied:

Thanks Mike,

God Bless You!



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