St. 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