Novena to St Joseph
This powerful novena consists in turning to Joseph four times a day and honoring him in four points. It does not matter where or when. Only one point is taken at a time.
1. St. Joseph’s faithfulness to God’s grace. Think of the times in Joseph’s life when he responding generously to God’s call and inspirations. Thank God, and ask St Joseph’s help in responding faithfully to God’s invitations and grace.
2. St. Joseph’s fidelity to prayer, listening to God, and virtue. Reflect on what Joseph must have been like, the way he carried out his daily labor, how he led his family in prayer, what kind of virtue must have marked his daily living. Thank God and ask through St Joseph to be faithful to virtue, prayer, and the Christian life.
3. St. Joseph’s love for Mary. Imagine the house of Nazareth where Joseph lived with Jesus and Mary. Let his care for her impress itself on your heart. See how he prayed with her, provided for her, and shared with her the responsibility of raising Jesus. Thank God and ask through St Joseph the grace to love Mary and to remain close to her all through your life.
4. St. Joseph’s love for Jesus. Imagine how much Joseph must have loved Jesus. What was his heart when Jesus was born, when he took his first steps, said his first words, went to the Temple for the first time, finished building his first table…. Thank God and ask through St Joseph the grace to love Jesus as he did.
This novena, going back to Father Louis Lallemant, S. J. (1588-1635), has proven to be highly efficacious.
(Adapted from a leaflet published by the Old Palace, Mayfield, Sussex, England)