In honor of the 150th anniversary of the declaration of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis announced 2021 as the year of St. Joseph. Blessed Pope Pius IX said, “Go to Joseph! Have recourse with special confidence to St. Joseph, for his protection is most powerful, as he is the patron of the universal Church.”
Here are 7 ways we can take the wisdom of Blessed Pope Pius and ‘go to Joseph’ ourselves!
- Consecration to St. Joseph
One of the best ways to dive into a deep, personal relationship with St. Joseph is through consecration. We recommend Custos: Total Consecration Through St. Joseph as a powerful way for men, specifically fathers, to encounter St. Joseph. This 33 day consecration provides a unique combination of daily biblical reflections based on St. Joseph, daily prayers and spiritual practices.
- Pray the Rosary with St. Joseph’s Intercession
What better way to call upon BOTH St. Joseph and Mary than through the Rosary!? According to St. Thomas Aquinas, “There are many saints to whom God has given the power to assist us in the necessities of life, but the power given to St. Joseph is unlimited: It extends to all our needs, and all those who invoke him with confidence are sure to be heard.” This St. Joseph Rosary is the perfect gift for anyone with a special devotion to St. Joseph
- Watch a movie about St. Joseph
Gather the family, it's movie time! Watch St. Joseph come to life with the first feature film ever on the story of Christ’s father, Joseph of Nazareth. Introduce your family to the humble carpenter who was given the task of raising the Son of God. Watch him grapple with the profound mysteries of divine intervention in his life while witnessing the simple yet powerful scenes in the life of the young Christ and the Holy Family.
- Celebrate with St. Joseph merch
If your St. Joseph devotion is REAL then it’s time to take it to the next level and start repping him on the daily. The St. Joseph Charm and Socks are the perfect gift for any friend or family member who loves this man!
- Invite Him into your home with a Holy Family Print
The Holy Family is the perfect model for our families! Each person has such a unique and important role in relation to one another. By hanging a print in a place you look often, it can become a simple yet powerful invitation to prayer, and a reminder to call upon St. Joseph!
- Listen to talks about St. Joseph
Ok, let’s be real, you may not have time to read an entire book on St. Joseph. But what about the time spent commuting to work or cleaning the house? It’s easy to make mundane tasks fruitful when you’re listening to some good spiritual content! This Lighthouse Talk on St. Joseph by Mark Miravalle delves into the fascinating and hidden life of the man whom God chose to "substitute" for Himself when the Word became flesh.
- Adopt St. Joseph as your Spiritual Father
A personal relationship with St. Joseph is a POWERFUL move for your spiritual life. As St. Josemaria Escriva so aptly explained, “Saint Joseph, our Father and Lord, is a teacher of the interior life. Place yourself under his patronage and you’ll feel the effectiveness of his power.” Learn how to invite St. Joseph to be your spiritual father in Mark Miravalle’s Meet Your Spiritual Father.
As you can see, there are many ways to invoke this great saint during the Year of St. Joseph! He is a powerful intercessor, faithful friend, and a great guide to his earthly Son, Jesus. Waste no time in getting to know him better through one (or more!) of these 7 ways.
St. Joseph, pray for us!