Day 5 of the Novena to Saint Joseph

God Welcomes Us Today… Knock on the door of His heart!

On this fifth day of our Novena, our companion is the beautiful Queen Esther. She will reach out to us through her solidarity with her people, her poverty of heart, her courage and her daring. “Come to my aid, Lord, because I am alone and I have no defender other than You.”

Are we able, as she did, to bravely speak out and act for the good of people when they are threatened by a culture of death?

Jesus Himself will encourage us to ask, to seek, to knock. Thus we can enter into the compassion of God, and enter into the very Love of God. The Lord beckons to us from within His Passion — his “mad love” for the world. Shall we launch ourselves into such an adventure?

From the Jerusalem Community Rule of Life:

“Do not be afraid of always going straight to the heart of things and, if necessary, of living at cross purposes with the world. Suffering will come, but take courage, Christ has overcome the world. Search out God’s footsteps in daily life, seek his face in the unseen, fix your eye on the reward and, as though you saw the invisible prize, stand firm.” (no. 63).

Saint Joseph, you who left behind everything
to save the life of the Child and the Mother,
be our support so that we may put our lives at risk
to protect our world from the culture of death.

Make a Novena to Saint Joseph, from March 10 to 18, 2019.