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.

At Your Carpenter's Bench

10-17-2021Year of St. Joseph

Venerable Pope Pius XII: “Grant that we may not lose sight of Jesus, who busied himself with you at your carpenter’s bench.”

To ponder: St. Joseph taught Jesus his trade when Jesus was a child. Think about Joseph working in his workshop – cutting wood or carving in stone – all the while teaching Jesus, letting Jesus do some work as he grew older, encouraging him as he learned, correcting his workmanship, and keeping track of him when he went wandering. How do we interact with our children or those we work with? Do we accept correction humbly? Ask Saint Joseph to help us be patient with others as we work with them and with those who are helping us improve.

Into His Home

10-10-2021Year of St. Joseph

Pope Benedict XVI: “Like Joseph, do not be afraid to take Mary into your home.”

To think about: Joseph took care of Mary and Jesus. As we imitate Joseph, we will become closer to Mary. Think about the relationship between Mary and Joseph, and some of the conversations they might have had, and how that relationship might have changed over the years.

To Till and Keep

10-03-2021Year of St. Joseph

Pope Pius XI: “In a life of faithful performance of everyday duties, [St. Joseph] left an example for all those who must gain their bread by the toil of their hands.”

To think about: We all have manual labor to do as part of life, either at our job or at home. Sometimes we don’t appreciate how we serve God even when we are doing yard work, housework, and such. From the beginning God gave man work, to “till and keep” the garden. Do we perform our manual labor to glorify God as we work? Do we appreciate the importance of our work?

The Importance of Our Work

09-26-2021Year of St. Joseph

Pope Pius XI: “In a life of faithful performance of everyday duties, [St. Joseph] left an example for all those who must gain their bread by the toil of their hands.”

To think about: We all have manual labor to do as part of life, either at our job or at home. Sometimes we don’t appreciate how we serve God even when we are doing yard work, housework, and such. From the beginning God gave man work, to ‘till and keep’ the garden. Do we perform our manual labor to glorify God as we work? Do we appreciate the importance of our work?

Diligent Caretaker

09-19-2021Year of St. Joseph

St. Leonard of Port Maurice: “All Christians belong to Joseph because Jesus and Mary belonged to him.”

To think about: All believers are part of the body of Christ, which would make Joseph our caretaker. Joseph was diligent in caring for Mary and for Jesus, and he will be diligent in caring for us, too

The Martyr of the Hidden Life

09-12-2021Year of St. Joseph

St. Peter Julian Eymard: “We may well call St. Joseph the martyr of the hidden life.”

To think about: St. Joseph doesn’t say anything in scripture, and nothing is mentioned about him except in relation to Jesus or Mary. He had a “hidden life.” Sometimes we may feel like no one listens to us, or even cares about us, unless it affects the other person. Go to Joseph! He can give you strength!

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Your Guide on the Voyage

09-05-2021Year of St. Joseph

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade: “Just as [St. Joseph] led the Son of God in his travels, may he be your guide on the voyage of this life until you arrive at the haven of eternal happiness.”

To think about: Man’s life is often described as a voyage; scripture calls us ‘strangers and sojourners’ on earth, on our way to Promised Land / Heaven (1 Chron 29:15; 1 Peter 2:11). Joseph led Jesus to Jerusalem several times, plus to Egypt, all quietly and cautiously. He can lead us to Christ on our journey now. Get to know Joseph!