Novena to St Joseph
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC
St Joseph, Who Suffered with Love
Dear St Joseph,
As the day draws closer when I will fully consecrate myself to you, as I draw closer to you, I can’t help but notice the scars on your heart, how you suffered with love. You suffered darkness and confusion when Mary was found with child. You suffered the sacrifice of your flesh as you lovingly offered up the absence of bodily intimacy in marriage. You suffered a sword in your heart, with Mary, when Simeon foretold the passion of your Son. You suffered stress and uncertainty when you had to escape with your family to Egypt and live as an immigrant. You suffered crushing anxiety when your 12-year-old Son was lost for three days. You daily suffered fatigue and bodily aches from your manual labour. Worst of all, your fatherly heart, grieved, at knowing that you could not be there for Jesus and Mary when their darkest hour would one day come.
Saint Joseph, thank you for what you suffered in God’s service, in union with your Son, for my salvation. I love you, St Joseph. Thank you for your yes. Now, please help me to suffer with love as you did. When I suffer, help me not to complain. Help me not to forget love. Help me not to forget others. Dear St Joseph, through my suffering, watch over my poor heart, may it not harden but rather become more merciful. Help me to remember all God’s children who are suffering in the world and help me, to offer my suffering for them and for the good of the Church. I am counting on you, St Joseph. I know you will be with me, helping me to suffer with love.
Saint Joseph, who suffered with love, please help me also to suffer with a love like yours. Amen