In Nazareth, the Son of God was subject to St. Joseph as His foster father, and now Christ heeds the petitions of St. Joseph in Heaven. During this month of Saint Joseph, the patron of the Universal Church, we recognize his special interest in the needs of us all, and invite you to increase your devotion to him.
Originally composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori, the text in this booklet was adapted by Hugh J. O'Connell, C.SS.R. Printed with an Imprimatur in 1962, it is now difficult to find. The text was recently arranged as a pdf download, ready to print at home for family devotions. The booklet is composed of 31 short but fervent devotions to St. Joseph, arranged for each day in the month. Every line bears testimony to the respect, confidence, and love which St. Alphonsus felt for the foster father of Jesus.
The miraculous wooden staircase of St. Joseph at Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The winding stairway that St. Joseph left for the sisters and their students is a masterpiece of beauty and wonder. It makes two complete 360 degrees turns. There is no supporting pole up the center as most circular stairways have. This means that it hangs without support, and the transferred weight is solely on the base. Until now, no consensus among engineers having reached to give a scientific explanation.
The short pieces of wood 3 to 5 feet in length were put together only with hundreds of square wooden pegs used with great precision and exceptional craftsmanship. There are no nails, screws nor glue. The assembled structured is comprised of approximately 93 pieces of wood divided amongst 10 for the outside stringer, 8 for the inside stringer, as well as 33 steps and 33 risers."
On March 19, 2013, the Society of St. Pius X consecrated itself to St. Joseph.
Conscious of its nothingness and enlivened by a boundless confidence in thy powerful patronage, O Blessed Patriarch Joseph, the Priestly Society of St. Pius X consecrates itself to thee, with all its members and all its undertakings, in order to magnify thy glories and thy virtues.
Deign in return, O most generous Steward of the King of Glory’s bounty, to grant to this little family the same benefits that thy paternity obtains for the entire Church: deign to make it thine own, to keep it faithful to its statutes, to make it live and propagate the Sacrifice of the Altar, to enrich it with spiritual life, to establish its members in the sanctity and chastity proper to their state, to strengthen it in its holy apostolic labors, to lead it in the combat for the Faith, to thwart the traps of the Enemy and to make it serve the interests of the Church."
This form of the novena, was originally devised by the celebrated Fr. Louis Lallemant, S.J. (1587-1633) who was one of the eight North-American Martyrs. It has proved particularly effective in obtaining favors through the intercession of St. Joseph. This saintly priest and great master of the spiritual life, to whom St. Joseph never refused anything he asked, ensures those that make this novena that they will obtain everything they ask through the intercession of this great saint if, in turn, they will show him special honor and spread devotion to him among others.
The submission deadline for this emailed novena has passed, since the Novena starts March 10. To purchase the full Novena, please visit this page on Angelus Press:
St. Joseph Novena