The Year of St. Joseph – Dec 8, 2020 - Dec 8, 2021

This weekly column will give you some information about St. Joseph to ponder and discuss throughout the year. Get to know Joseph!

Read Pope Francis' the Apostolic Letter “Patris corde” (“With a Father’s Heart”) here.

Steeped In Tradition

02-21-2021Year of St. Joseph

From St. Joseph and His World by Mike Aquilina. Joseph knew the history of salvation, so he was able to detect God’s pattern. He knew how to recognize sin and its consequences. He could judge falsehood because he had steeped himself, all his life, in the truth of Sacred Scripture and Tradition.

To think about: Do we “steep ourselves” in Sacred Scripture and Tradition? How can we “steep ourselves” in Sacred Scripture and Tradition?

Contemplative Silence

02-14-2021Year of St. Joseph

Pope Benedict wrote: St. Joseph’s silence “is a silence permeated by contemplation of the mystery of God, in an attitude of total availability to his divine wishes. In other words, the silence of St Joseph was not the sign of an inner void, but on the contrary, of the fullness of faith he carried in his heart, and which guided each and every one of his thoughts and actions. Let us allow ourselves to be ‘infected’ by the silence of St Joseph! We have much need of it in a world which is often too noisy, which does not encourage reflection and listening to the voice of God."

To think about: “Infected by silence” – what an interesting phrase. How can we cultivate silence in our lives which will allow us to contemplate the mystery of God and to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit?

Contemplative Silence

02-14-2021Year of St. Joseph

Pope Benedict wrote: St. Joseph’s silence “is a silence permeated by contemplation of the mystery of God, in an attitude of total availability to his divine wishes. In other words, the silence of St Joseph was not the sign of an inner void, but on the contrary, of the fullness of faith he carried in his heart, and which guided each and every one of his thoughts and actions. Let us allow ourselves to be ‘infected’ by the silence of St Joseph! We have much need of it in a world which is often too noisy, which does not encourage reflection and listening to the voice of God."

To think about: “Infected by silence” – what an interesting phrase. How can we cultivate silence in our lives which will allow us to contemplate the mystery of God and to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit?

Angels

01-31-2021Year of St. Joseph

St. Francis de Sales wrote: Truly, I doubt not that the angels, wondering and adoring, came thronging in countless multitudes to that poor workshop to admire the humility of him who guarded that dear and divine child, and labored at his carpenter’s trade to support the son and mother who were committed to his care.

To think about: Angels are always all around us. When you attend Mass or make a visit to church, the church is full of angels adoring Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Spend some time pondering that next time you are in the church.

Savior of the Savior

01-24-2021Year of St. Joseph

One of the titles of St. Joseph is "Savior of the Savior." That title is almost shocking; it refers to the very real protection St. Joseph lovingly and faithfully rendered to Jesus from the earliest moments of his life in the womb, including making the long journey to Egypt to protect Jesus from Herod’s soldiers.

To think about: Can you think of some ways that you can imitate Joseph by ‘protecting’ Jesus? For example, only use the name of Jesus in prayer. Talk about that at home this week.

With a Father's Heart

01-17-2021Year of St. Joseph

Pope Francis proclaimed the Year of St. Joseph in an apostolic letter titled Patris Corde, which means “With a Father’s Heart.” Pope Frances writes: “With a Father’s Heart: that is how Joseph loved Jesus, whom all four Gospels refer to as ‘the son of Joseph’… We know that Joseph was a lowly carpenter (cf. Mt 13:55), betrothed to Mary (cf. Mt 1:18; Lk 1:27). He was a ‘just man’ (Mt 1:19), ever ready to carry out God’s will as revealed to him in the Law (cf. Lk 2:22.27.39) and through four dreams (cf. Mt 1:20; 2:13.19.22). After a long and tiring journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, he beheld the birth of the Messiah in a stable, since ‘there was no place for them’ elsewhere (cf. Lk 2:7). He witnessed the adoration of the shepherds (cf. Lk 2:8-20) and the Magi (cf. Mt 2:1-12), who represented respectively the people of Israel and the pagan peoples.”