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...]

Be Still

Oooff. Ate too much. Hard to type. Tired. Need nap. It’s fascinating that people have the energy to beat the dawn for some savings the day after Thanksgiving. Every year brings more stories that lessen one’s faith in American exceptionalism: brawls at retailers, traffic issues, campouts in parking lots. No need to nag, though, it’s self-evidently... [Read more...]

On Going Back to Work

…work bears a particular mark of man and of humanity…in a sense it constitutes its very nature.  -Pope St. John Paul II, Laborem Exercens (1981), Preface People need to work.  Lazy summer teaches us that even relaxation has its limits.  When we’ve reached the point of restlessness, we’ll seek out the task of building campfires and... [Read more...]

Rainy_Blue_Ridge-27527 The Gift of Being

If something is truly good, it’s better when it actually exists. I don’t think it’s controversial to say, then, that existence is good. Simple example: fried chicken, collard greens, and craft beer are good things, even if only in my mind, but it’s much better if they truly exist on the dinner table tonight. Enjoying certain goods presupposes... [Read more...]

What Am I Waiting For?

For many students, we have entered into the season of fatigue. Caffeine doesn’t actually help at this stage; it only delays. Some resort to chewing tobacco. Others buy standing desks. Still others go in for ten-pound bags of unsalted sunflower seeds (autobiographical). At times it can feel like wearing a lead mask underneath your skin, or like your... [Read more...]

5 Ways St. Joseph Can Help Your Lent

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 to be just a regular, law-abiding Jew—an average Joe, if you will.... [Read more...]