TOTAL CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH AND THE HOLY FAMILY
PREPARATION FOR THE TOTAL CONSECRATION TO ST. JOSEPH (18 days)
As St. Louis De Montfort advises us, we have to prepare ourselves for the consecration by exercises which certainly are not compulsory, but which assure its great efficacy because of the purity and other dispositions which tend to develop in our souls.
The object of this consecration is to cast off the spirit of the world and to acquire the spirit of Jesus, through the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. Thence we will follow the practices suggested by St. Louis de Montfort: renouncement of the world, knowledge of self, of St. Joseph, of the Blessed Virgin and of Jesus Christ; we will assign 18 days for this preparation (to start the first of March or of any other month; in order to finish the 18th of that month and do the consecration on the 19th of the chosen month, since the 19th of each month is dedicated to St. Joseph by tradition.)