How I Made Friends with Joseph

KJ5St. Joseph was never my favorite saint. In fact, in my life he was definitely a forgotten saint. Tales of how well he “sold houses” if you planted a statue of him upside down in your front yard, certainly didn’t attract me to a devotion to him. Even the fact that great saints had absolute indomitable trust in him didn’t stir up any prayers to St. Joseph.

Now, it is amazingly true that folks in desperate straights to sell their houses, when they entrust their case to St. Joseph, do indeed sell their houses. But since I didn’t have a house to sell….

A friend of mine taught me the prayer listed on this site. It is a short meditative novena that can be said everyday. So I started to pray the prayer. It came complete with a different type of story: stories of people whose lives changed when they entrusted themselves to Joseph. I didn’t see any miracles the first few days. But I must say, looking back to that time, that I changed. Little by little my prayer deepened, Jesus became more real, just the right books fell into my hands, my epilepsy seemed more under control, my passion in the mission was rekindled, and I was put in places where that passion could create.

Sr. Kathryn James, fsp


22 thoughts on “How I Made Friends with Joseph

  1. Pray for us Sr. Kathryn we are in our financial situation and could lose our house. I pray to St. Joseph to get through this difficult time. We are very alone right now and can’t find help anywhere. Thank you. Laura

  2. I will deffinitely pray for you to Saint Joseph.
    It has helped me a lot within my desperate and hopeless situation I just cannot put it down here. All I want to sayis TRUST IN JOSEPH’S POWER and pray his lithany and make a novenna to Him. He has become my favourite Saint , recently, along with Virgin Mary

  3. Sr. Kathryn please pray for my family to St Joseph that we get through this difficult time.We are financially in-need, so many bills and debts to pay. Please please pray for us so we can continue our service to God. Many are our accusers too. I know we are just doing everything for God and we want to follow God’s will but still ..I know we have to take- up our cross if we want to follow Jesus.Please pray for our strength Thank you and God bless. mrm

  4. St. Joseph is indeed not only Jesus’ forster father, but ours as well. I know He will hear me too when I call on Him. Your story, Sr. Kathryn, deepened this conviction in me. Take Care.

    • Thank you, Jasmine. I am growing in my love for St. Joseph. He always comes through…sometimes in unexpected ways. But he is there.

  5. please pray to st joseph for my children __Leon,Elaine and Mervin to be a good practising catholics.
    For Elaine to find a safe and reasonable price accomodation to stay so that she can complete her studies -to get good results in her recent graduation exams and a decent paid job in scotland

    • Blessings,

      I’m sorry I have been away from this blog this month. I will be praying for your intentions with great trust in St. Joseph’s power to love and help you.
      Sr. Kathryn

  6. please pray to st joseph for my children __Leon,Elaine and Mervin to be a good practising catholics.
    For Elaine to find a safe and reasonable price accomodation to stay so that she can complete her studies -to get good results in her recent graduation exams and a decent paid job in scotland.tq

  7. For anyone interested in finding the truth about the real life of st. Joseph, I strongly recommend navigating thrugh the net and find Blessed anne catherinne emmerich’s visions about the DOLLOROUS PASSION OF JESUS CHRIST’S 4 VOLUMES. It is AMAZING TO LEARN SO MANY DETAILS ABOUT ST JOSEPH’S EXPERIENCES AND TROUBLES DURING HIS EARTHLY LIFE, THAT YOU COUD INCLUDE AND REFEAR TO (In th frst volume) WHILE PRAYING TO MY BELOVED ST JOSEPH. !!!!!!

  8. Well, it is incredible to let you know that just now, after having reached the 5th day prayer novenna to St Joseph and prayed it in the morning with a special request to st Joseph, my petition has been granted to me in the evening by darling st Joseph , after 2 months waiting. It is about a payment for my work as a lawyer, that I have been waiting for 2 months, and it has just been provided to me now, in such a special and outstanding manner, by St Joseph’s intercession.
    Again, I strongly recommend to everybody interested in having their trust into St Joseph enhanced, to mail me at, and i will send them the link to blessed Anne catherinne emmerich’s holy visions describing life of Jesus and inidentally, the life of st. Joseph. It is a real faith strength provider, trust me!
    God Bless

  9. Please Sr. Kathryn, join me in asking St. Joseph, our father and lord, to obtain for me:

    1. That I get a good job soon.

    2. That I move to my own apartment soon.

    3. That I find my life-partner soon and settle down this year.

    I know that with prayers, St. Joseph will bring them about.

    I trust in God’s mercy.

    May God bless you.

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  12. St Joseph is truly an amazing man. In Him, we can find the love & warmth & reassurance that only our dear fathers can give. Reading your story about St Joseph gives me do much confidence in St. Joseph’s fatherly love. Thank you, Sr Kathryn for sharing your story.

  13. saint joseph help us…please and thnak you for everything….deon spirirual and physical danger poistion….. substances,, in the air…earth water…ect …please… keep joy in my dear chilkd and psouse and family all…. please protect us from all this… bless those tht hate us..IO my God,
    WE I ,,,,,,,,, am heartily sorry for
    having offended Thee,
    and I detest all my sins,
    because I dread the loss of heaven,
    and the pains of hell;
    but most of all because
    they offend Thee, my God,
    Who are all good and
    deserving of all my love.
    I firmly resolve,
    with the help of Thy grace,
    to confess my sins,
    to do penance,
    and to amend my life. cover myself with the Blood of Jesus Christ. I soak my family, my relations, my house, my office, my food, my money, my friends and well-wishers with the powerful Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    I cover the whole air, the whole land and the whole sea with the Blood of Jesus Christ. Satan, it is written in Revelation 12 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony”, I use the Blood of Jesus to cover me now.

    In Jesus Name, I break every power of darkness that has entangled me. I destroy all the web of Satan against me. I loose myself from all the powers of darkness against me.

    In Jesus name, I destroy and nullify all the curses, covenants and the initiation from Satan and his agents against me. I destroy any spell, incantations, curses, covenants, initiations and manipulation from any negative spirits.
    In the powerful name of Jesus Christ, Father, I come against all the demons that Satan has assigned to attack me spiritually or physically. It is written in the Book of Isaiah: “No weapon that is formed against me shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against me in judgment I shall condemn.”

    In the name of Jesus Christ, I come against all powers of darkness in the dream. I bind and cast out the demons that attack me through dreams.

    Signed, sealed and protected by God and hidden in Christ we know that nothing can separate us from God’s love, joy and peace.

    Amen.will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,

    from whence cometh my help.

    I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
    from whence cometh my help

    I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,
    from whence cometh my help.

    2 My help cometh from the LORD,
    which made heaven and earth.

    3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved:
    he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

    4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel
    shall neither slumber nor sleep.

    5 The LORD is thy keeper:
    the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand.

    6 The sun shall not smite thee by day,
    nor the moon by night.

    7 The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil:
    he shall preserve thy soul.

    8 The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in
    from this time forth, and even for evermore.

    thank you miss Kathryin…….. thankss…….. job and home to move in peace and sooon…. ..


      • Thank you Sr. Kathryn!!..Happy Feast St Joseph, St Patrick,,,,We got our home..please pray for the total terminating of the problem that have been bother me and want the evil of my dear ones..may the lord raise up in ourself in victory .. total restoration..healing..deliverance… the lord bless my dear mom and my dadya dn family all… may them no owe no money no to none….Dear St Joseph… help us cancel all of this soon allelluya..Dear St Joseph bless my spouse help me to be a better help for him… protect our fruit and all… look at the work ……ect ect bless his coworker bozz an dall his .f…and all… miracels for the plans of F…plese Thank you Dear Father St Joseph in Christ jesus and mom maria to help us… make m spirit free from the evil proud influecnes of this un ggly hater bless my b…H…please and all dear oens… thank you for my dear Husband and my c…an dall my dear people..and all…..bless all… protect all families… one body we are…in chrsit………

  14. Dear Sr. Kathryn,

    St. Joseph has helped me many times- as a friend and intercessor for when I am in need. He was of great comfort most recently when my mother passed last December. We are currently preparing her house for sale over the next few weeks. It has been a tough 9 months.
    In addition, I am currently in a difficult housing predicament and ask for your help in praying to St. Joseph for my family. We are long-time tenants of a single family home. The owner is putting the house into a charitable trust and will be sold within a month. We would like to purchase the house as it has been our home for more than 10 years and it would be a sound investment. We have 2 young daughters in elementary school. My concern is the possibility of being outbid and then eviction with having to find a new home in a short period of time, in what is a very expensive, competitive market. We have rented for a long time and would like to purchase a sound investment. I am not 100% sure this is the right house but am asking St. Joseph to help guide us and point us in the right direction and to ease our anxiety in this unsure situation. Not sure if we should continue to rent or buy. In the end, I don’t want to worry about having a roof for my family. I worry about how this will impact us financially as we are basically breaking even each month. So a lot is happening all at once. I am hopeful but nervous of the outcome. Thank you for your help and God Bless.

  15. Be sure St Joseph is always aware of the issue once you direct your concern towards him, because he is presently living next to Jesus and Mary in TRUTH
    The trouble and anxiety you feel derives from the fact that you cannot see him who so wonderfully intercedes for all of us who ask him for something. if you saw St Joseph, you would have not the slightest doubt, believe me, but then you could have no merit believing him.
    St Joseph unfortunately cannot be seen, since he is living with God in Truth, and not into reality as the rest of us. We cannot see the truth, only after we die. That is why you need to understand this and then BELIEVE his intercesion , because, living in Truth, he can see you future and what outcome is for the best of you and your family.
    As long as you pray to ST Joseph you should understand and then believe as long as you pray, whatever the outcome is for your benefit.

  16. Please pray that my wife’s heart will soften towards me and be reconciled to me and our marriage saved. please pray for my step daughter to release her anger and resentment and to forgive me for all quarrels and to be reconciled to me.Please pray that my wife is able to stand up to my step daughter and to not to allow herself to be emotionally manipulated into leaving me. we have two other young children and i do not want them to suffer as a result. please also pray that Jesus helps me be the best husband and father i can be, with patience and love.Thanks

  17. Dear St Joseph, I share a driveway/easement with some fairly new neighbors, they sued me over some rocks and stakes that we placed to line the driveway to protect our property, The judge ordered the stakes and rocks removed and we have removed them per his order apparently they were within the original 2 owners of the property agreed easement of 30 ft. Now they are suing me for lawyers fees of $4,360.00 ! I have to go back to court in November please let the judge rule in my favor and dismiss the fees and costs, it has been going on since May and I cannot tolerate it much longer, although I know your beloved son Jesus never sends us more than we can handle. I cannot pay this fee I am on SSI and cannot afford a lawyer. Thank you for my health and all the blessings you have bestowed on us !
    I made a novena to St Joseph and went to court the day after the novena was ended, which would be the 10th day, I carried St Josephs image with me on a holy card along with my paperwork inside the courtroom. The judge was much nicer to me this time and he said before making me pay the fees he has to think about it and mail me a decision, St Joseph please protect my property and let all fees be dismissed and this case closed for good. I felt your blessing upon me in court yesterday and held up very nicely , Thank you St Joseph

  18. Dear Sr Kathryn

    I lost my job in 2016. Since then, I have been looking for a new job without success. This has brought so much distress in my family. Please pray for me through the intercession of St Joseph and St Jude that almighty God will lead me to His mercy and grant me the grace of getting a new job, to the glory of His name, amen

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