March 11th we begin our annual Novena to St. Joseph (ending March 19th) for all the intentions sent in to us and for our families, friends and benefactors. St. Teresa, our Holy Mother in Carmel, had such a great devotion to St. Joseph that she named her first foundation after him. She placed him to guard the back door of the monastery while Our Lady of Mount Carmel did the front. St. Teresa said of St. Joseph:
“I wish I could persuade everyone to be devoted to this glorious saint, for I have great experience of the blessings which he can obtain from God. I have never known anyone to be truly devoted to him and render him particular services who did not notably advance in virtue, for he gives very real help to souls who commend themselves to him. For some years now, I think, I have made some request of him every year on his festival and I have always had it granted. If my petition is in any way ill directed, he directs it aright for my greater good.” (from her autobiography chapter 6)
Please join us in prayer!