The Catholic Defender: Onward to Consecration to St. Joseph
On Tuesday Evenings at 8:00 Central, Deepertruth Member Mark is leading a world wide Consecration to Saint Joseph based from the book, "Consecration to St. Joseph, The Wonders Of Our Spiritual Father", written by Father Donald H. Calloway.
What a wonderful outreach for anyone really wanting to grow in their faith. For me, despite the fact that I have always held St. Joseph to a high state due to his being the head of the Holy Family, showing his attributes are very special.
Consider the dream that Jacob received that are significant to the Israelite of yesterday. The dream at Bethel (which means House of God), Jacob sees angels ascending and descending up and down a ladder from Heaven and earth. To Jacob, this vision concerns the inheritance and obligation to the Israelite chosen by God.
Something much greater occurs as a result of the dreams given to St. Joseph. There were four recorded dreams found in the book of Matthew:
First dream: In Matthew 1:20–21, Joseph is told not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife, because she has conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Second dream: In Matthew 2:13, Joseph is warned to leave Bethlehem and flee to Egypt.
Third dream: In Matthew 2:19–20, while in Egypt, Joseph is told that it is safe to go back to Israel.
Fourth dream: In Matthew 2:22, because he had been warned in a dream, Joseph awakens to depart for the region of Galilee instead of going to Judea.
The significance of the dreams to St. Joseph concerns the coming of the Messiah into the world and God's plan of Salvation for the world.
John 1:47-51 offers an interesting parallel :
"Jesus saw Nathanael (Bartholomew) coming toward him and said of him, “Here is a true Israelite.* There is no duplicity in him.” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God;* you are the King of Israel.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?* You will see greater things than this.” And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see the sky opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
Interestingly, Jesus sees Nathanael referring to him as a "true Israelite", Jacob was whom God changed his name to Israel (Gn 27:35-36). Verse 51 is clear that the angels ascending and descending on the "Son of Man" is pointing to Jesus. The angel from the dreams to St. Joseph also points to Jesus as the Messiah. What was longed for and hoped for in the time of Jacob, are being fulfilled in Jesus. The ladder of Jacobs dream points to Jesus as he is the Mediator between God and Man, Heaven and Earth. The Virgin Mary, the Saints, the Sacraments, the Catholic Church, all of this works through Jesus Mediation.
Just as Jacob was an important servant of God in his time, more so was the importance of St. Joseph who Christ chose to be His "step-Father". Father Calloway's book highlights in a powerful way the faithfulness of St. Joseph. "In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it's time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph. In this richly researched and lovingly presented program of consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, brings to life the wonders, the power, and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph, Universal Patron of the Church and the Terror of Demons."
Consecration to St. Joseph is a great powerful way to activate a sleeping giant. To get men to develop the gifts given to St. Joseph. Jesus through Mary and Joseph!
Litany of St. Joseph
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us. Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us. Holy Mary, pray for us. St. Joseph, pray for us. Illustrious son of David, pray for us. Light of patriarchs, pray for us. Spouse of the Mother of God, pray for us. Chaste guardian of the Virgin, pray for us. Foster father of the Son of God, pray for us. Watchful defender of Christ, pray for us. Head of the Holy Family, pray for us. Joseph most just, pray for us. Joseph most chaste, pray for us. Joseph most prudent, pray for us. Joseph most valiant, pray for us. Joseph most obedient, pray for us. Joseph most faithful, pray for us. Mirror of patience, pray for us. Lover of poverty, pray for us. Model of workmen, pray for us. Glory of home life, pray for us. Guardian of virgins, pray for us. Pillar of families, pray for us. Solace of the afflicted, pray for us. Hope of the sick, pray for us. Patron of the dying, pray for us. Terror of demons, pray for us. Protector of Holy Church, pray for us. Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord! Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord! Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us! V. He made him the lord of His household, R. And prince over all His possessions. Let Us Pray O God, Who in Thine ineffable Providence didst vouchsafe to choose Blessed Joseph to be the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, grant, we beseech Thee, that he whom we venerate as our protector on earth may be our intercessor in Heaven. Who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.