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Consecration to St Joseph
The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father
by Donald H. Calloway, MIC
Marian Press

In this wonderful book, Fr Calloway gives us a handbook on devotion to the great spouse of Our Lady. The first part is a 33 day consecration to St Joseph. Each day is dedicated to a specific title from his litany. We learn about his marvelous virtues, for he is the greatest of saints after Mary. He was a wonderful husband and father, an example for us to follow. The second part is on the wonders of St Joseph. There is an account of St Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Canada, established by Saint Andre, one of the greatest devotees of St Joseph in the history of the Church. We are also reminded of why St Joseph is the patron of a happy death and why he is the terror of demons. The third part consists of a selection of great prayers to St Joseph. It is followed by an appendix which tells us how to do the consecration.

What does it mean to consecrate ourselves to St Joseph? In the words of Fr Calloway, "it basically means that you acknowledge that he is your spiritual father, and you want to be like him. To show it, you entrust yourself entirely to his paternal care so that he can lovingly help you acquire his virtues and become holy."

Just as Mary is our spiritual mother, so Joseph is our spiritual father. Devotion to one is in complete harmony with devotion to the other. We are indeed imitating Christ, who entrusted Himself to the care of Joseph and Mary.

Throughout the book, we find quotes from the saints and popes about St Joseph.

At the end of the book are several beautiful woks of art commissioned by Fr Calloway for the book. The art blends in with the words of the book.
This book helps us to grow in our love of St Joseph. We can understand why he is our spiritual father. The word Joseph means "increase." This book will surely help us increase our devotion to St Joseph.

Copyright ; Dr Pravin Thevathasan 2021

Version: 31st January 2021



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