Fraternitas Sancti Joseph Custodis

Fraternidad de San José Custodio | Fraternity of St Joseph the Guardian | Fraternité de St Joseph Gardien

 
Inicio
Castellano
English
History
Spirituality
House of Formation
Sisters
Parishes
Missions
Donations
Contact

Spirituality

 

Our particular end is to take part in the divine mission vouchsafed to our holy patron St Joseph: to keep and to serve Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who manifests the Truth and Eternal Love of God. We thus seek to foster an ordered insertion of the Son of God into the world [1], reëstablishing the primacy of God in the hearts and minds of men [2] and bringing them to give unto God the homage of their understanding and will [3].
Indeed, ‘just as St. Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ's upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body, that is, the Church, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model’. We wish to serve this Church, guarded by our patron, all the days of our lives, and in her bosom we wish to die. All our life must be marked by love and obedience towards Holy Mother Church, and especially towards the Holy Father, successor of the Apostle Peter. We deem it of capital importance to encourage in men’s souls a love for the Supreme Pontiff, as well as submission to his teachings and commands. 
Our particular end is to take part in the divine mission vouchsafed to our holy patron St Joseph: to keep and to serve Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who manifests the Truth and Eternal Love of God. We thus seek to foster an ordered insertion of the Son of God into the world [1], reëstablishing the primacy of God in the hearts and minds of men [2] and bringing them to give unto God the homage of their understanding and will [3].
Indeed, ‘just as St. Joseph took loving care of Mary and gladly dedicated himself to Jesus Christ's upbringing, he likewise watches over and protects Christ’s Mystical Body, that is, the Church, of which the Virgin Mary is the exemplar and model’. We wish to serve this Church, guarded by our patron, all the days of our lives, and in her bosom we wish to die. All our life must be marked by love and obedience towards Holy Mother Church, and especially towards our Lord Pope, successor of the Apostle Peter. We deem it of capital importance to encourage in men’s souls a love for the Supreme Pontiff, as well as submission to his teachings and commands. 

 

We thereby wish to coöperate in the great mystery of our Redemption, truly becoming ministers of salvation [5] through the contemplation, preaching, and teaching of Revealed Truth, uniting the life of prayer, piety, sacrifice, and study with the sanctification of men and with education—especially of Christian doctrine. On account of this love of Our Lord cultivated by the Fraternity, each member seeks to enkindle the flame of Divine Love in souls that they might all be saved and come to full knowledge of the Truth (II Tim. 2, 4). Hence, members endeavour with ardent zeal that He be known and loved. 

With the grace of God, the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the intercession of St Joseph, the primary way to reach our goal is that each member ceaselessly strive for his own personal sanctification in the state to which he has been called. All the while, members must be ‘of one mind, of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment’ (Phil. 2, 3), having ‘but one heart and one soul’ (Acts 4, 32).

Contemplation of divine matters and union with God through diligent prayer must be the first and foremost duty of all religious [6]. The central aspects of daily life are therefore participation in Holy Mass, which is celebrated in both the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Forms, and the chanting of the Divine Office, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, meditation, praying the Holy Rosary, study, and lectio divina, keeping silence amongst us in order to find that ‘inner parlour’ where God speaks to us [7].

Natural revelation is an ever present resource to enrich and strengthen supernatural revelation. The countryside’s connexion to nature, with its beauty, greatness, strength, order, and harmony, makes it a favourable environment to impress upon the heart and mind the divine attributes and the dependence and ordering of creation towards the Creator. Contemplation of and contact with creation allows us to discover how it shows us the existence, beauty, and love of God the Father and Creator. This learning enriches catechetical instruction and begets a spirituality focused on creation which foments liturgical piety. 

In our contact with nature we find a ‘school’ where we can bring men and women of all social and cultural spheres to form them according to our spirit in order to direct their understanding and dispose their wills in accordance with the virtues. Indeed, souls find there a propitious place to develop virtues such as humility, obedience, industry, and solidarity, all of which facilitate a firm growth in the virtue of charity. Through that medium—the contemplation of and contact with creation—we facilitate in the hearts and minds of men the ordered insertion of the Son of God in the world. 

In a special way, the Fraternity cultivates in its members and promotes amongst the faithful devotion to the Eucharist, the Holy Family and each of its members: to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and our patron St Joseph, guardian, intercessor, and model of all virtues. All the Fraternity’s members bear the scapular of Our Lady of Mt Carmel and invoke their guardian angels daily. 

Following the spirit of the Fraternity, we wish to proclaim and expand the Kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of Truth and Love, standing athwart any indifferentism, syncretism, or compromises [8], taking particular account of the ways detailed in Paul VI’s apostolic exhortation Evangelii nuntiandi. Most of all, the members shall strive to give witness to an exemplary life industriously and tirelessly, adhering to the spirit and traditions of our Fraternity. ‘Even at the price of personal renunciation and suffering’ [10] the members of the Fraternity strive to preach the gospel of Our Lord through homilies, sermons, novenas, retreats, spiritual exercises, popular missions, the publication of books, the media, inter alia. The teaching of doctrine and Catholic culture in general is one of our main apostolic tasks. 

We especially emphasize permanent catechetical instruction, seeking ‘always to fix in the memory, intelligence and heart the essential truths that must impregnate all of life’ [11] and ‘to discover each day the ineffable beauty of the Love of God in us’ [12]. 

Person-to-person interaction, ‘whereby an individual’s personal conscience is reached and touched by an entirely unique world that he receives from someone else’ [13], is characteristic of the Fraternity. A personalized, integral, and permanent formation exploiting ‘natural groups’, the spiritual direction of laymen, and the apostolate of Christian friendship must be preferred to working with great crowds. We wish to be able ‘to guide every individual to profound knowledge of himself and lead him to union with the Lord so that his life may be in ever closer conformity with the Gospel’ [14].

Since ‘evangelization does not consist only of the preaching and teaching of a doctrine’ [15], our apostolic work must lead to and be fulfilled in the sacraments, which are an introduction to the supernatural life ‘in the admirable radiation of grace and holiness which they possess’ [16]. Finally, the cultivation and promotion of popular piety holds a particularly special place in the missionary activity of the Fraternity. For centuries popular piety has fed and nourished the faith and piety of peoples, and even today it proffers countless resources. 

[1] Cf. St John Paul II, apostolic exhortation Redemptoris Custos (RC), 8
[2] Cf. Mk. 12, 29-31; Dt. 6, 5.
[3] Cf. Second Vatican Council, dogmatic constitution Dei Verbum, 5.
[4] RC, 1.
[5] Cf. RC, 8. 
[6] CCC 663 §1
[7] Cf. Benedict XVI, general audience, Wednesday 9 September 2009.
[8] Cf. Paul VI, apostolic exhortation Evangelii nuntiandi (EN), 5
[9] Cf. EN, 40-48
[10] EN, 78
[11] EN, 44
[12] Cf. Benedict XVI, general audience, Wednesday 9 September 2009.
[13] EN, 46
[14] Benedict XVI, general audience, Wednesday 9 September 2009.
[15] EN, 47
[16] Ibid.