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Something is Up

(And It Has to Do with St. Joseph)

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Against the backdrop of a worldwide pandemic, crisis in the Church, political and economic uncertainty, and cultural upheaval, something extraordinary is underway, and it has to do with St. Joseph.

Marriages renewed. Men answering the call to lead more virtuous lives. Young people discerning religious vocations. Families consecrating themselves to St. Joseph. Nine bishops in the United States declaring a "Year of St. Joseph" in their dioceses, and one bishop in England.

All of these things have been inspired by one book: Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father, published by Marian Press last December.

"It's incredible. It's just been off the charts," said the book's author, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. "My phone has been pinging every day, all day, for months."

Released on the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being declared Patron of the Universal Church, Consecration to St. Joseph has sold nearly 150,000 copies in the United States, making it one of the fastest selling Marian Press books of the last decade. It has routinely been in Amazon's top 10 list of Catholic books. A streaming audiobook launch this summer has been a major success.

Sales have been strong in the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand, as well. The book is available in Spanish. It will soon be available in German, French, Slovakian, Polish, and Croatian.

Father Donald sees the Holy Spirit at work in all of this.

"Something is up," he said. "Since 1870, when Pope Pius IX declared St. Joseph the Patron of the Universal Church — telling the world to turn to Joseph as our loving father, our spiritual
father — there has been so much momentum, and now it's reaching a crescendo."

Indeed, something is up. In 1879, St. Joseph appeared in Knock, Ireland. In 1889, Pope Leo XIII issued the Church's first encyclical on St. Joseph. In 1909, Pope St. Pius X approved the Litany of St. Joseph. In 1917,
St. Joseph appeared in Fatima holding the Christ Child. In 1962, Pope St. John XXIII added St. Joseph's name to the first Eucharistic prayer, known as the Roman Canon. In 2013, Pope Francis added St. Joseph into Eucharistic prayers II, III, and IV.

Publication of Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father easily belongs on this list of monumental events in the history of devotion to St. Joseph.

"The whole Church is now coming around to St. Joseph," said Fr. Donald. "I never anticipated the book being this big, but at a time when families are under attack, marriages are falling apart, when people have turned away from God, when there's so much anxiety and fear, we really do need St. Joseph. We need his protection. Now is the time of St. Joseph."

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