If you are planning to pray a novena to our beloved Patron of the Universal Church, of Fathers, of Families, of Labor, of a Happy Death, etc. - today or tomorrow would be the day to begin (depending on whether you like your novenas to end on the feast day or the day before). Please note that Saint Joseph's Feast had been moved up this year to March 15th, so as not to be celebrated during Holy Week.
In the words of Saint Teresa of Avila in her plea for the faithful to pray to our Holy Patriarch:
"Would that I could persuade all men to be devoted to this glorious Saint, for I know by long experience what blessings he can obtain for us from God. I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honored him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him. It is now very many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I have always received it. If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good....I ask for the love of God that he who does not believe me will make the trial for himself - then he will find out by experience the great good that results form commending oneself to this glorious Patriarch and in being devoted to him..." --Autobiography, VI, 11-12
This beloved saint has aided our family in too many instances to count. He is a powerful intercessor indeed. I encourage anyone who visits here today to begin a special novena to the Foster-Father of Our Lord. Then spread the word. Share with others, either on your blog, with friends and family, or in the comments section here, how St. Joseph has interceded for you. For the only way I can think of to repay (however inadequately) such a saint is to spread devotion to him.
You can find a variety of beautiful novenas to our beloved patron here. I will have a short novena prayer to St. Joseph on my sidebar beginning today until his Solemnity on March 15th.
Saint Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus, pray for us!+++