He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth.
RP 6 9r–9v
If this present life should last forever, you’d have some reason to accumulate wealth. But this life that flashes by like a bolt of lightning must be followed by an eternity of happiness for those who have served God faithfully during their passing exile. Then, this God of goodness and mercy will magnificently reward not only the striking things done for Him, but also the simple desires to serve Him and love Him, because He sees everything; His eye pierces to the depths of hearts, the most secret thoughts are not hidden from Him and, as the prophet Isaiah says: “The Lord shall not judge by what His eyes see, or condemn by what His ears hear; but He will judge the poor with justice, and He will set Himself up as the just avenger of the humble oppressed on earth. God will Himself come and He will save them.“
Saint Joseph, you are the man who dreams,
teach us to recover the spiritual life
as the inner place where God manifests himself and saves us.
Remove from us the thought that praying is useless;
help each one of us to correspond to what the Lord shows us.
May our reasoning be illuminated by the light of the Spirit,
our hearts encouraged by his strength,
and our fears saved by his mercy.
(Mention your prayer requests)
Our Father… Hail Mary… Glory Be…
V./ Pray for us, holy Father St. Joseph
R./ That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.
you entrusted our Savior and his holy Mother
to the care of St. Joseph.
By the help of his prayers
may your Church continue to serve its Lord, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.
This year’s daily novena meditations are drawn from Pious Recreation 6, The Flight into Egypt, written by St. Thérèse of Lisieux for the 21 January 1896 feast day of her sister Pauline, Mother Agnès of Jesus, O.C.D. The complete edition of the plays of St. Thérèse, which were written as short plays or skits to be performed by members of the community at recreation on special feast days, has been published by ICS Publications, Washington DC.
All scripture references in this novena are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America as accessed from the Bible Gateway website.
of Lisieux, T 2008, The plays of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux: “pious recreations”, translated from the French by Conroy S and Dwyer D J, ICS Publications, Washington, DC.
Don’t become discouraged and give up prayer, says St. John of the Cross. We offer varying novenas to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as well as novenas to St. Joseph, St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, and St. Edith Stein.Let us unite in prayer