Thursday, March 10, 2016

A Powerful Novena to Saint Joseph



This novena has proven to be highly efficacious. It seems to be pleasing to St. Joseph and helpful to souls. 

This form of novena was originally devised by the celebrated Fr. Louis Lallemant, S. J. [1587-1633]. It has proved particularly effective in obtaining favors through the intercession of St. Joseph. In the biography of this saintly priest , Life, we learn that the Saint never refused him anything he asked; the story is told that on one occasion he urged two young priests to make this novena, promising that they would obtain everything they asked through the intercession of St. Joseph if, in turn, they would show him special honor and spread devotion to him among others. Both did as Fr. Lallemant suggested. One of them asked for grace to speak and write worthily of Our Lord. But the next day he came to Fr. Lallemant to tell him that, upon reflection, he wished to ask for a different grace, which he considered more conducive to his perfection. Fr. Lallemant replied, "It is too late now to ask for another grace. The first one has already been granted." This grace was conspicuously displayed throughout the whole course of the priest's life, as he became one of the most noted preachers and writers of his day. 


 
HOW TO MAKE THIS NOVENA
NO PARTICULAR PRAYERS NEED BE SAID FOR THIS NOVENA.
EVERYDAY FOR NINE DAYS, TURN TO ST. JOSEPH IN SPIRIT FOUR TIMES (CALLED A "VISIT")
DURING THE DAY AND HONOR HIM IN THE FOLLOWING FOUR POINTS:
 

1. During the first visit, consider ST. JOSEPH'S FIDELITY TO GRACE.
Reflect upon the action of the Holy Ghost in his soul. At the conclusion
of this brief meditation, thank god for so honoring St. Joseph,
and ask, through his intercession for a similar grace.

2. Later in the day, consider ST. JOSEPH'S FIDELITY
TO THE INTERIOR LIFE.
Study his spirit of recollection. Think, thank God, and ask.

3. Later still, consider ST. JOSEPH'S LOVE FOR OUR LADY.
Think, thank God, and ask.

4. Finally, in a fourth visit, reflect upon ST. JOSEPH'S LOVE
FOR THE DIVINE CHILD.
Think, thank God, and ask.

PRAYER WHICH MAY BE SAID AT THE CONCLUSION OF
THE VISITS EACH DAY

O MY GOD, I thank Thee and bless Thee for St. Joseph's great
faithfulness to grace.  Grant that, through his loving intercession
and the power of his example. I too may be faithful to grace.
O St. Joseph, intercede for me, and obtain for me this favor
I ask. [Name your request.]

O MY GOD, I thank Thee and bless Thee for St. Joseph's great
faithfulness to the interior life. Grant that, through his loving intercession
and the power of his example. I too may be faithful to the interior life.
O St. Joseph, intercede for me, and obtain for me this favor
I ask. [Name your request.]

O MY GOD, I thank Thee and bless Thee for St. Joseph's great
love of Our Lady. Grant that, through his loving intercession
and the power of his example. I too may truly love the Blessed Virgin Mary.
O St. Joseph, intercede for me, and obtain for me this favor
I ask. [Name your request.]

O MY GOD, I thank Thee and bless Thee for St. Joseph's great
love for the Divine Child. Grant that, through his loving intercession
and the power of his example. I too may truly love the Child Jesus.
O St. Joseph, intercede for me, and obtain for me this favor
I ask. [Name your request.]



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