Consecration to Saint Joseph
On May 5th, the Schoenstatt Family League of Guayas organized a special consecration to Saint Joseph with the participation of many people from Ecuador and abroad.
Jaime and Sarita Seminario Coello
May 25th. 2021
The objective we set was to consecrate ourselves to Saint Joseph as his faithful followers in this year of Saint Joseph which Pope Francis proclaimed to celebrate 150 years since he was declared the Patron of the Universal Church.
We made an appeal to all faithful Catholics through the social networks of our Movement. Close to 200 people signed up from all branches: the family league, militants, federation, male and female youth, men’s and women’s league, the mothers’ branch, and the faithful of the Church.
Thanks to the internet, we were able to gather participants from other cities in Ecuador and abroad. People from Colombia, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico, the USA, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago took part.
The goal was to get to know more about this great saint by May 1st, the day that Pope Pius XII instituted as the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.
We did this through meditation on each of the eight mysteries of the Saint Joseph Rosary.
We learned a little more about his quiet life, his virtues, his admirable gifts, and how he was the pillar of the Holy Family according to the Church, to our Father and Founder, Joseph Kentenich (his thoughts expressed in the book “Abba Joseph,” from the Nueva Patris Editorial), and Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde.
We held four meetings in April via zoom to analyze, share, and pray. Each week, between the sessions, we were left to meditate on and apply several of these virtues in our life and family.
We were scheduled to finish our preparation with an in-person Mass with live streaming in the National Shrine of Ecuador ‘Family of the Father, Home for the world’ in its jubilee year celebrating 50 years since its blessing.
On Saturday, May 1st, we were going to consecrate ourselves to Saint Joseph. However, due to the pandemic, our country was in a state of emergency, on total lockdown. This did not deter us from our goal. On the contrary, it gave us more strength and on Wednesday, May 5th, the day dedicated to Saint Joseph, like all Wednesdays, we consecrated ourselves to Saint Joseph.
We are accomplishing our mission with the Church, with our Schoenstatt Movement, and with ourselves since we already have our Shrine as a home for our Blessed Mother and her Son. However, we need to give Saint Joseph, Holy of Holies, a privileged place, not hidden, not in the shadows, not in the silence.
We have only taken a single step on this new journey holding hands with the Holy Family. We will continue with our mission like Saint Joseph did, with obedience, in silence, full of courage, working, and following God’s plan.
What a joy to consecrate ourselves to Saint Joseph!
Translation by Wayne Wang
Fotos: Schoenstatt Ecuador