On December 8, 2020 Pope Francis declared this liturgical to be the year of St. Joseph. It is an inspiration of the Holy Spirit to do so. As we muddle through social and political struggles that carry over from Covid-2020, we are very aware of the workings of the demons. Who is the ‘Terror of Demons’? It is one of the titles of St. Joseph. Joseph: the silent, poor, humble carpenter that Our Lord chose to be His foster-father and virginal spouse of Our Lady. This strong man was the protector of the Holy Family. He was given the title Protector of the Church by Pope Pius IX in 1870 as secular forces sought to kill the pope in Rome.
Perhaps, every one of us can make a new year’s resolution to become more devoted to St. Joseph in 2021. There are many prayers that invoke his powerful intercession – his litany is particularly beautiful. St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite mystic, said Joseph never failed her. Mother (St.) Teresa of Calcutta often went to Joseph for various needs.
To get to know St. Joseph in a deeper way this year, not only are prayers important, but reading the insights of the saints can be helpful. One book that has summarized prayers and insights of St. Joseph is by Fr. Don Calloway. The book is entitled, Consecration To St. Joseph. It is designed to be used within a thirty day preparation for consecration to St. Joseph.
The one human person who loved Jesus and Mary more than any other is St. Joseph. As he protected the God-man and His Mother, Joseph will do the same for us this year. We just need to do as he did and love Jesus and Mary daily!