Francesco Conti, Saint Joseph with Christ Child 5 Ways St. Joseph Can Help Your Lent

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on March 19, 2015. How can St. Joseph help you this Lent?  I propose five ways.  Simplicity In John 6, when Jesus boldly declares, “I am the bread of life,” his hearers murmur among themselves and ask, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph?”  (Jn 6:41).  Apparently, they considered Joseph... [Read more...]

George Hitchcock, The Flight into Egypt (detail) Hardly Idyllic

The Holy Family had a rough start, don’t you think? To begin with, it almost ended before it started. Mary was found to be with child, in a pregnancy planned by God but unplanned by men. So “Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly” (Mt 1:20). But he was guided by an angel to take Mary as his... [Read more...]

Tongues of Fire

As preachers of the Word-made-flesh, the apostles of Jesus Christ understand the power of words. They know our voices can praise the Lord and announce His marvelous works. Therefore they sharply admonish us not to sin with our tongue. St. James writes in his Epistle, Consider how a small fire can set a huge forest ablaze. The tongue is also a fire.... [Read more...]

Loving Arms and Hands Held Together

Joseph sees the end of his day drawing to a close. He and his assistants are nearing completion on some cabinets and tables—putting the last touches of detail into an intricate project. As he sends his workmen off, he cleans up his shop noticing the sweat and dirt he has acquired from working with wood and tools. Just as he is putting the last of... [Read more...]