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By Shane Kapler, Catholic Exchange, July 22, 2021

Shane Kapler is the author of The Epistle to the Hebrews and the Seven Core Beliefs of CatholicsThrough, With, and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own and The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity From Its Center.  …

The What and Why of “Consecration” to St. Joseph

Consecration is a hard concept to wrap one’s head around—at least in a theologically accurate way. “Consecration to” the Blessed Mother has been growing in the Church’s awareness over the past several centuries, but what does it mean to be consecrated to St. Joseph?

Saint Teresa of Avila, of course, strongly encouraged others to follow her lead in commending herself to Joseph’s intercession, but speaking of consecration to Joseph seems relatively recent.

I recently finished a book on the subject, Custos, Total Consecration to St. Joseph. Custos is Latin for “Guardian”—referring to Joseph’s role in the Holy Family and the Church, and this book stood out to me for its measured approach to the subject and the way it restricts itself to what is known of Joseph from Sacred Scripture (as opposed to private revelations that lack the Church’s approval). …

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