St. Joseph of Cupertino is simply an amazing saint. (Well, they all are.) I’ve never really felt an affinity toward any particular saint until now. The reason I like him so much is that he’s the patron saint of students, and he has helped me massively on some exams I’ve taken recently. I previously posted the prayer of St. Joseph of Cupertino for exams here.
Because his intercession is so effective, I grew interested in him and did some research. Here are some cool facts I found about St. Joseph of Cupertino.
- Apparently he was the dullest and least-talented of all his classmates.
- He wanted to be a Franciscan, but he wasn’t accepted into the order because of his dullness.
- His mom was so sick of having him home that she managed to get him a job taking care of a mule at a Franciscan monastery.
- He struggled with a bad temper, but overcame that obstacle.
- He struggled big-time with his studies. He couldn’t really read.
- He was given an exam to determine whether he could become a deacon. Fortunately, he was asked one of the only questions he knew how to answer, so he became a deacon. He later became a priest.
- He levitated all the time… while saying Mass, while praying…which is why he is also the patron saint of pilots and flight.
- He went into spiritual ecstasies all the time.
Notable Quote: “Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession.”
St. Joseph of Cupertino– patron saint of exams! (Exactly what I need right now!)
You can find this excerpt all over the internet:
“This powerful prayer is very effective in examinations. It has to be said before appearing in the examination. There are two variants to this prayer. Both the prayers are equally effective. You can choose any one of these:
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.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino who by your prayer obtained from God to be asked at your examination, the only preposition you knew. Grant that I may like you succeed in the (here mention the name of Examination eg. History paper I ) examination. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked.
O St. Joseph of Cupertino pray for me
O Holy Ghost enlighten me
Our Lady of Good Studies pray for me
Sacred Head of Jesus, Seat of divine wisdom, enlighten me.
Remember, when you succeed in the exams then you should thank St. Joseph of Cupertino and make him known.”