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St, Joseph … March 19th

“Regina Coeli” (Queen of Heaven), The Monks of Glenstal Abbey, from the album “The Sound Of The Spirit From Glenstal Abbey“, 2009

March 19th just past was the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is just a short post, in this time of great uncertainty and temptation to anger and judgement. A short post to describe a consecration to St. Joseph, my Name Saint, which I found today on Mark Mallett’s Blog site.

The Immaculata and The Terror of Demons

I have been following Mark Mallett’s blog for quite a while now and find in his writing a constant source of encouragement and hope.

If one is a little lacking in belief and faith (and who isn’t these days) then a first reaction to his articles might well be “No Way!”

But look about you … suspend judgement for a moment … and follow up on his references and the material he points to.

He is following in the footsteps of a 2000 year old tradition with the full approval of his bishop and his spiritual director.

I take my inspiration and the prayer of consecration from Mark Mallett’s recent post.

Another excellent site is that of Fr. Don Calloway and his Consecration to St. Joseph. The image on the left is from his new book, “Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father,”

So, from Mark’s post: ” … just a word on Joseph himself. He is a profound model for us in these extremely turbulent times as we approach the Eye of the Storm.

He was a man of silence, even when tribulation and “threat” surrounded him. He was a man of contemplation, capable of hearing the Lord. He was a man of humility, able to accept the Word of God. He was a man of obedience, ready to do whatever he was told.

Brothers and sisters, this present crisis is only the beginning. The powerful spirits that are being sent to tempt us at this hour are the antithesis of St. Joseph’s disposition. The spirit of fear would have us enter the noise and panic of the world; the spirit of distraction would have us lose our focus on God’s presence; the spirit of pride would have us take matters into our own hands; and the spirit of disobedience would have us rebel against God.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

And here is how to submit yourself to God: imitate St. Joseph, encapsulated in the beautiful words of Isaiah. Make this your creed to live by in the days to come: By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust shall be your strength. (Isaiah 30:15)

ACT OF CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH

Beloved St. Joseph,
Custodian of Christ, Spouse of the Virgin Mary
Protector of the Church:
I place myself beneath your paternal care.
As Jesus and Mary entrusted you to protect and guide,
to feed and safeguard them through
the Valley of the Shadow of Death,

I entrust myself to your sacred fatherhood.
Gather me into your loving arms, as you gathered your Holy Family.
Press me to your heart as you pressed your Divine Child;
hold me tightly as you held your Virgin Bride;
intercede for me and my loved ones
as you prayed for your beloved Family.

Take me, then, as your own child; protect me;
watch over me; never lose sight of me.

Should I go astray, find me as you did your Divine Son,
and place me again in your loving care that I may become strong,
filled with wisdom, and the favor of God rest upon me.

Therefore, I consecrate all that I am and all that I am not
into your holy hands.

As you carved and whittled the wood of the earth,
mold and shape my soul into a perfect reflection of Our Savior.
As you rested in the Divine Will, so too, with fatherly love,
help me to rest and remain always in the Divine Will,
until we embrace at last in His Eternal Kingdom,
now and forever, Amen.

So when we find ourselves tempted to rush to judgement and attribute motives, when we find ourselves upset and second guessing the orders of our Bishops, and the sometimes unclear directions of our elected leaders. Keep in mind that they are likely just as uncertain and perhaps fearful as we are with the added burden of all eyes being on them and second guessing everything they do and say.

From Saint John of the Cross via “Divine Intimacy”: “God wants from us the least degree of obedience and submission, rather than all the works we desire to offer Him.” Why? Because obedience makes us surrender our own will to the will of God’s will as expressed in the orders of our superiors; and the perfection of charity, as well as the essence of union with God, consists precisely in the complete conformity of our will with the divine will. Charity will be perfect in us when we govern ourselves in each action – not according to our personal desires and inclinations – but according to God’s will, conforming our own to His.

The will of God is expressed in His commandments, in the precepts of the Church, in the duties of our state in life; beyond all that, there is still a vast area for our free choice, where it is not always easy to know with certitude exactly what God wants of us. In the voice of obedience, however, the divine will takes on a clear precise form; it comes to us openly manifest and we no longer need to fear making a mistake. St. Paul says “There is no power but from God” (Rom 13,1), so that by obeying our lawful superiors, we can be certain that we are obeying God. Jesus Himself, When entrusting to His disciples the mission of converting the world, said “He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despitheth you, despiseth Me (Lk 10,16)

Divine Intimacy, (pp 342-343)

My Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief …

Cheers

Joe

Just going through a rough patch …

 

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