As Pope Francis has proclaimed this the year of St. Joseph, it gives us great joy to share with you our devotion to this saint. Dan has been stopping by the altar of St. Joseph in our church for many years. Last year he read Consecration to St. Joseph by Father Donald H. Calloway and then encouraged me to read it as well. Reading this book and consecrating ourselves to the care of St. Joseph helped us to see him in a new light and to form a renewed relationship with him. We highly recommend this book.
-Dan and Tricia
The title of St. Joseph that is most dear to me is Head of the Holy Family. Blessed William Joseph Chaminade stated, “We wonder why the Gospel makes so little mention of St. Joseph. But did it not say everything when it taught us that he was the husband of Mary?” God had to pick an earthly man to be the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. He chose Joseph to be the protector of Mary, who was a living tabernacle for the Lord. Joseph was to be the head of the Holy Family. He would be the earthly father of the Savior of the world. What an awesome responsibility! Venerable Joseph Mindszenty said the position of St. Joseph as husband and foster father gives witness to the dignity of fatherhood. As a model husband and father, he is a tremendous gift to all of us, men and women alike. He was an example for us of what it means to live a life of humble obedience to God’s will, even when we are uncertain of what that could mean. When I think about St. Joseph as head of the Holy Family, I think about how he was a man who loved God, was a hard worker, and would do anything to protect his family. Pope Leo XIII stated, “In Joseph, heads of the household are blessed with the unsurpassed model of fatherly watchfulness and care.”
I pray the Memorare to St. Joseph each day and I ask his intercession for all of the men in our family, that they would follow his example by being leaders of prayer in the home, protectors for their families, and the men God is calling them to be. Joseph lived a life of obedience to God’s will and I ask him to help the members of our family do the same. I entrust my husband and myself, our children and their spouses, and my granddaughter to his care. It brings me peace to stop at the altar of St. Joseph in church and ask him to intercede for whatever is on my heart that day for my family. St. Joseph is our protector on earth and our intercessor in heaven.
I have had a devotion to St. Joseph for quite a while without thinking about it as a devotion. I have been stopping at the altar of St. Joseph for several years to ask his intercession. My prayer is always, “St. Joseph, Terror of Demons, please crush the devils in my family’s life, whatever they may be.”
Then I think about St. Joseph, I think about how he is this silent but powerful weapon to be called upon. This weapon is known as Terror of Demons. He is simply wanting us to ask for his intercession. He is a powerful man in heaven who spent his life on earth in silent obedience to God. Not a single word of his is recorded. Sometimes I reflect on his silent obedience and I think that I should do less talking and more listening to what God is saying to me. St. Joseph must have had a great relationship with God the Father before he had a very personal relationship with God the Son because God spoke to Joseph in his dreams. St. Joseph responded to what was told in his dreams and this helped to protect Jesus. At times I have reflected on the big ways that God spoke to St. Joseph, but God has reminded me that it is the day-to-day things that God called St. Joseph to do for Jesus and Mary that are just as important. I need to listen to God’s promptings each day and respond to what He asks of me, so I ask St. Joseph for his intercession that I will be the man God created me to be.
Just as we call Mary our mother, we should call Joseph our father. Many of you probably have a relationship with Mary and are accustomed to devotions such as praying the rosary. We invite you to have a relationship with Joseph too. We ask Mary to help us, and we can also ask Joseph to help us. God entrusted Jesus to St. Joseph for protection. As Terror of Demons, St. Joseph is a mighty warrior, there to help us fight against the spirits that are opposed to God. You are a child of St. Joseph. God has appointed him to be your loving spiritual father who will be your protector and fight for you. St. Joseph, pray for us!
“When God wishes to raise a soul to greater heights,
he unites it to St. Joseph by giving it a strong love
for the good saint.” -St. Peter Julian Eymard
May God bless you,
Dan and Tricia Feldpausch