What does Consecration mean?
Consecration means to set aside for a sacred purpose.
The most familiar form of consecration was written in 1712 by St. Louis de Montfort, “True Devotion to Mary” [aka To Jesus through Mary]. In the past two years, consecrations to Jesus through Saint Joseph have been written and the Year of Saint Joseph is a perfect time to consecrate ourselves by learning about and following the example of Saint Joseph whose life was set aside for the sole purpose of being the guardian and protector of Jesus and Mary!
According to Fr. Calloway, consecration basically means that “you acknowledge [St. Joseph] as 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.”
Why do this?
We consecrate ourselves in order to be more devoted to Christ. It helps us grow in holiness and increase our faith, hope, and love. It is a prayerful and focused method of drawing closer to Jesus than ever before by better understanding His familial relationship with His earthly father, Joseph and their relationship with Mary.
How does it work?
Over a sequential number of days, using your chosen book, method, exercise … you follow along the daily, prayerful preparation leading up to the actual act of consecration on the final day.
In completing the consecration we commit / give ourselves to Christ in a fundamental way that consecrates us to Him. We set ourselves aside for a sacred purpose by committing / giving our lives to Christ in service and love.
Can I do this by myself? With my spouse? With a group?
YES! Whatever works best for you is the way to do this.
As Family Renewal Project becomes aware of ‘group’ options, we will post information on this page, in our bimonthly eNewsletter, and on our Facebook page. We will include which book/method the group will follow, the start/end dates, and contact information.
If you plan to start a group, please let us know and we will post it.
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