Happy first day of the Month of St. Joseph!
I made my consecration to St. Joseph recently, then made a beeline to interview the author of Consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, who was kind enough to share his personal thoughts with us in the video below (19 min).
Here’s one of my favorite snippets from the book (page 164) that shows how Mary and Joseph worked together as a couple:
“The sword that was going to pierce Mary’s Heart on Calvary needed to pierce the heart of St. Joseph as well, but in a different way. He would not be at Calvary, but the sword needed to pierce his paternal heart since it is fitting that the re-birth of mankind would involve both a mother and a father. Husbands do not experience labor pangs as a woman does, but every husband is called to journey with his wife throughout the pregnancy and prepare her for delivery. As a good husband, St. Joseph would see to it that his wife was well-prepared for her suffering. He spent decades preparing her for the painful delivery on Calvary.”
Enjoy more of Father’s rich insights in the interview!
P.S. The picture I used for this blog post, “St. Joseph, Terror Demons,” details a painting by Bernadette Carstensen commissioned by Father Calloway; canvas prints are available at consecrationtostjoseph.org.