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Novena to St Joseph – Day Eight – 18 March

Novena to St Joseph – Day Eight
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day Eight

St Joseph, Man of Peace and Joy

Dear St Joseph,

I know the Bible doesn’t speak directly of your joy but how could you not have been full of joy?   I’m sure you were.   You lived in the presence of Jesus and Mary.    Well, St Joseph, please pray for me that I will also find my joy by also living in their presence. And having yourself lived in their presence, you must have been a man of such peace.  St Joseph, please pray for me that I keep my joy and not give in to sadness, laziness, or discouragement.   Also, pray that I keep my peace of soul and not hold on to anger and bitterness in my heart.   Help me to be merciful to everyone by offering forgiveness, that I might also, like you, be a person of true peace and joy.

Saint Joseph, Man of Peace and Joy, please put me at peace and help me find joy.   Amenday eight - novena to st joseph 18 march.jpg

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Novena to St Joseph – Day Seven- 17 March

Novena to St Joseph – Day Seven
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day Seven

St Joseph, Pure of Heart

Dear St Joseph,

I said I want to be a saint and saints need to be pure not only of body but of soul. Regarding purity of body, St Joseph, guard me, protect me and defend me from temptations against purity.

I rely on you, St Joseph.   Don’t let me fall.   Don’t let my eyes or thoughts wander. If they do, please bring them back to Jesus. I trust in you, St. Joseph.   You lived purely with Mary in the midst of her beauty.   Help me to see the beauty of others with your own pure vision.   If I fall, help me to find God’s mercy and free me from any bondage to such sin. Regarding purity of intentions, help me do everything not to please myself or others but to please God alone.   Give me this grace as my dear spiritual father.   I trust in you, St. Joseph.

Saint Joseph, Pure of Heart, please lend me your own purity of heart. Amen.day seven novena to st joseph 17 march 2019.jpg

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Novena to St Joseph – Day Six – 16 March

Novena to St Joseph
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day Six

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.   Amenday six noivena to st joseph who suffered with love 16 march 2019.jpg

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Novena to St Joseph – Day Five – 15 March

Novena to St Joseph
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day Five
St Joseph, Who Did God’s Will

Dear St Joseph,

You did God’s will.   Dare I say, you did it perfectly?   Saint Joseph, I want to also do God’s most perfect will.   But on my own, I will fail.   I need your help.   I trust that with you as my spiritual father, you will guide me to always do God’s most perfect will.   Truly, St. Joseph, I want to reach the degree of glory that God has prepared for me in heaven.   I want to bear fruit that will last.   I don’t want to let God down.   I want to be a saint.   Help me, St Joseph.   You see how weak and sinful I am.   But teach me, good father.   Help me to follow the commandments and please make my heart sensitive to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit.

I know that as I entrust myself to your care, you will guide me and show me how to always do God’s will.   I give you permission to redirect the stream of my life if it ever departs from God’s most perfect will.

Saint Joseph, who did God’s will, please always keep me in God’s most perfect will.  Amenday five - novena to st joseph - who did god's will - 15 march 2019.jpg

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13 March – Novena to St Joseph – Day Three

Novena to St Joseph
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day Three
St Joseph, Good Provider

Dear St Joseph,

As the foster father of Jesus, you provided for His human needs.   Through the work of your hands, he had food to strengthen Him, a house to give Him shelter and clothes to keep Him warm.

Now, from heaven, you’re still working, St Joseph.   Indeed, the loving labour of your prayers provide for all the members of the Body of your Son.   But as I’m preparing to consecrate myself completely to you, I ask you to please provide for me and for my loved ones in a special way.   Through your prayers, please make sure that we always have food to eat, a roof over our heads and clothes to wear.   Also, please pray for us that in times of abundance, we will never forget God.   Pray for us that we will always be grateful for God’s gifts and that we will never be a slave to things like food or money, pleasure or power.   Finally, help us always to remember and be generous with the poor.

Saint Joseph, with you as my spiritual father, I will do my best not to give in to useless anxiety about my job, money, or material things.   I believe you will always make sure I have what I need and as a good father, I ask that you indulge me a bit by even providing for my material wants, provided they don’t take me away from Jesus.

Saint Joseph, Good Provider, please provide for my needs through your powerful prayers.   Amendy three novena to st joseph - good provider - 13 march 2019.jpg

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12 March – Day Two – Novena to St Joseph

Novena to St Joseph
By Fr Michael Gaitley, MIC

Day Two

St Joseph, Loving Spouse of Mary

Dear St Joseph,

I’m thinking about the angel’s words to you, “Do not be afraid to take Mary for your wife” (Mt 1:20).   Saint Joseph, you weren’t afraid.   You trusted God.   And now you truly are the husband of Mary.   After Jesus, you are the dearest person to her heart!   Well, St Joseph, as my spiritual father, I now ask you to speak to Mary about me, about my life.  If you kindly adopt me as your spiritual child, then I know all the more, that Mary will take me to her heart as well.   Both of you truly are my spiritual parents.   And just as any good father wants to see his children love their mother, I know that you will help me to know and love my spiritual mother more.

By your powerful prayers, I ask you to help me realise what a gift I have in Mary.   Pray for me that I will better appreciate her motherly role in my life.   Saint Joseph, I know that you love her.   I know it makes you happy to see her children love her with all their hearts.

Therefore, as I prepare to consecrate myself totally to your fatherly care, I give you permission — in fact, I’m pleading with you, Help me to appreciate my Mother Mary even more.

Saint Joseph, Loving Spouse of Mary, please help me to love my spiritual mother even more. Amenday two - novena to st joseph loving spouse of mary - 12 march 2019.jpg