Friday, I begin the Novena to St. Joseph, asking for his intercession to pray for me. St. Joseph is known for being a faithful servant to God, for his protection and caring for the infant Jesus throughout his life. I am trying to be faithful to Jesus’ call for me to be a public speaker for the Catholic faith. Who better to go to for encouragement and prayers said on my behalf, for the virtue of faithfulness, than the saint known for his faithfulness! This Novena culminates on the ninth day, which happens to be the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19th).
Saint Joseph is known to intercede on our behalf when looking for work, which I am doing as well, as a public speaker. I have firsthand testimony on the power of prayer regarding this Novena, when it comes to looking for work. This time last year, my husband and I prayed this Novena, with the intention of asking St. Joseph to pray for my husband, Nick to find work. It just so happens, that on March 19th, my husband had a job interview. He started work at that job, on April 1st and still works for the same company. God is good.
The Power of a Novena
Novenas are focused prayers, said to a saint, requesting their assistance for a specific intention. Many non-Catholics wonder why we pray to saints. Well, let me tell you something. These folks have been declared saints reside in Heaven. That means that they have perfected virtue! I’m down here on earth struggling to make progress in a certain virtue. Why wouldn’t I go to the saint known for said virtue and ask for a few tips, some pointers, to help me on my way? We’re talking human resources here of a saintly realm!
In my case, St. Joseph is the perfect saint to reach out to for advice on how to remain faithful to a calling from Christ because St. Joseph lived it! He’s been there – done that!
If you have a special intention for which you would like St. Joseph’s intercession, you can access the Novena prayers here and join me in prayer beginning this Friday.