Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Saint Joseph, a carpenter, was from the line of King David.  Though Joseph was silent in the gospels, it is clear he was obedient to God.  He trusted when the angel explained Mary’s condition; he took his new family into exile in Egypt as guided by the angel; and he moved his family back to Nazareth upon the angel’s directions.  He then faded from the narrative before Jesus’ public ministry began.

In 1870 St. Joseph was declared Patron of the Universal Church.  Robert Ellsberg, All Saints

“The Lord spoke to Nathan and said: ‘Go, tell my servant David, when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you…and I will make his kingdom firm…’” (2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16, from the first reading at today’s Mass)  Pray for a safe and blessed weekend.  St. Joseph, pray for us.  St. John Berchmans, pray for us.  St. Ignatius Loyola, pray for us.

St. Joseph is a model of humility and faithfulness for our lives.
“St. Joseph did not do extraordinary things, but rather by the constant practice of ordinary and common virtues, he attained that sanctity which elevates him above all the other saints.”  St. Joseph Marello

Today’s Ignatian Thought is from St. John’s Jesuit’s Pastoral Ministries leader, Mrs. Kim Hall