Joseph of Cupertino is most famous for levitating at prayer. As a child, Joseph showed a fondness for prayer. After a short career, he joined the Conventual Franciscans. Following a brief assignment caring for a mule, Joseph began his studies for priesthood. Though studies were difficult for him, he gained a great deal of knowledge from prayer. He was ordained in 1628. Joseph’s tendency to levitate during prayer drew an audience; some people came to see this much as they might have gone to a circus sideshow. Joseph’s gift led him to be humble and patient, even though at times he was greatly tempted and felt forsaken by God. He fasted and wore iron chains for much of his life. Saint Joseph passed and was canonized in 1767. He was the patron saint of astronauts and pilots.
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 favour 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, amen.
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