https://bit.ly/38XpWGM On St. Joseph and intentional ways to grow closer to St. Joseph (take part in the free all-day virtual conference today at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42T hosted by National Shrine of St. Joseph featuring numerous speakers like Fr. Don Calloway MIC, author Consecrate Yourself to St. Joseph)
We celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph. At St John Lateran in Rome on 12/8/20 (the day of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary), Pope Francis declared that 2021 would be the year of St Joseph. He issued an Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde, you can read it here https://bit.ly/31b7eHH
Pope Francis describes beautifully how Joseph loved Jesus ‘with a father’s heart’. He gives two reasons for his choice of making 2021 the year of St Joseph: first, this year is the 150th anniversary of the Proclamation of St Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church; and second, because Pope Francis feels that St Joseph is an important figure for the pandemic times we are living in.
In most artwork of St. Joseph, he is portrayed as a middle-aged man, with the carpenter’s saw at his feet. A lily is beside him, symbolic of his virginal marriage. In other paintings of him, he is shown holding baby Jesus. The painting on the link is unique; here St. Joseph is simply sitting next to his Son. Side by side. Jesus is depicted in His early teens. They don’t look at each other, but… they are looking ahead together… they share the same horizon.
The painting shows a communion of destiny. St. Joseph wasn’t simply an onlooker at the plan of God’s salvation. No, he was actively part of God’s plan of salvation… side by side with his Son.
Let us strive this year to grow closer to St. Joseph. Let us pray.
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer and Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary! To you God entrusted His only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ grew up to be a man.
Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path