Celebrating St. Joseph: Patron and Model of Perfect Devotion to Our Lady

Marian Apostolate

Josephby Jayson M. Brunelle, M.Ed, CAGS

On this marvelous Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Patron of the Universal Church, it is critical that we turn our attention to St. Joseph at this pivotal moment in our nation’s history.  St. Joseph is, for each of us, the perfect example of one who is entirely, whole-heartedly devoted to Christ Jesus, and this through his perfect devotion to Mary, the Mother of God.

Indeed, we can ask ourselves, what is the essence of total consecration?  Certainly, the great Marian Saints Louis Marie de Montfort and Maximilian Mary Kolbe made every effort to underscore the totality and unreserved nature of this “gift” of one’s self to the Blessed Virgin via the use of such expressions as “slave,” “possession and property.”  While these beautiful phrases presented by the Marian “giants” certainly convey the radical extent to which they, themselves, went in offering themselves – body and soul; intellect and will; all…

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