St. Joseph is also a particular model for our religious community. We are, by the essential elements of our charism, a Marian, Ecclesial, and Eucharistic community. These facets of our spirit find expression in, among other areas: our total consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary, daily Eucharistic Adoration, and praying for priests, respectively. In each of these, we can look to St. Joseph to learn how to live our consecrated lives in a way most pleasing to Our Beloved Jesus.
“Saint Joseph is the model of Total Consecration to Mary…Saint Joseph is the first human person to have been totally consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary… He is the prototype, blue-print, and model for how to live a life of total consecration to Mary.” (“Consecration to St. Joseph”, p. 121-122, Wonder 3: The Consecrated Knight”, Fr. Calloway, Donald H.)
In our Marian consecration, we give our “body and soul, our consecrated life in this community, our goods both interior and exterior, and even the value of all [my/our] good actions: past, present, and future.” In other words, our whole person, just as Jesus entrusted Himself entirely to Our Lady, so too do we, and for the same end: the greater glory of God, the union of God and Man, and the salvation of souls. We imitate Christ by imitating His complete dependence upon and absolute love for His Mother. St. Joseph, as a fully consecrated oblation, gave his whole life to Our Lady and Our Precious Lord.
St. Joseph, protector sanctae ecclesiae (another praise from his litany), is the Father of all the faithful.
It is this tender, parental love shared between St. Joseph and Our Lady over the souls of the Church in which our Sisters seek to participate. In praying for the Church we, as spiritual mothers of souls, beg also the prayers and protection of the great spiritual father of the Church: St. Joseph.
St. Joseph, in protecting and loving the Baby, Child, Young-Man Jesus, was guarding and loving the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of God: the Most Blessed Sacrament. Whenever he lifted the Christ child up into the air, he was raising the Host—without the medium of a humeral or a monstrance. When he laid Him down to sleep, he reposed Him in His blanket-clad tabernacle. We just spoke of St. Joseph’s love of his son, but it was never separated from his love of his God in the person of Jesus.
We ardently petition our spiritual father, especially in this grace-filled month, to grant us the spirit of profound adoration and love of the Blessed Sacrament which he possessed. That we may live in constant, intimate union with Jesus and Mary, and be transformed by them so that, like St. Joseph, we may lovingly and faithfully live out our lives of consecration according to the Marian, Ecclesial, and Eucharistic charism Our Lord has entrusted to us; for God’s glory, and for the salvation of souls.
St. Joseph, King of Religious Life,