St. Joseph of Cupertino’s feast day conveniently falls at the end of September just as many students gear up for their first round of exams. He is the patron of flying and pilots because of his tendency to rise into the air during prayer, but St. Joseph is also invokes as the patron saint of studying. As a young man, Joseph was particularly slow at learning. He was, in fact, denied admittance into two orders because of his absent mindedness and bad temper, but as he got older he improved remarkably and was finally admitted into the Franciscan Friars Minor. Unfortunately, Joseph struggled with the studies that were required for ordination to the priesthood and was worried that he would fail his examination. He prayed a great deal about it, and when it finally came time for the exam, the professor asked Joseph to explain the one concept he firmly understood, so Joseph was ordained. Throughout the rest of his life, Joseph became famous for his sanctity (and his levitation!). He passed from this life into the next in 1663 at the age of 60.
Prayer to St. Joseph of Cupertino
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.
St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.