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The Silent Saint – A Tribute to Saint Joseph

19 March 2017

Editor’s Note: Originally published on March 19, 2010, the first day of publication of AlwaysCatholic.com. We are reprinting it for the  7th Anniversary of ACBlog. This is one of the most read pieces on the site and after you read it, you will know why.

Happy Saint Joseph’s Day from AlwaysCatholic

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The Silent Saint
by @AncientSoul

On March 19th, the anniversary of the debut of this blog, we remember St. Joseph. I think St. Joseph is one of the most forgotten of all Saints, yet … which of the other Saints were ever closer to our dear Lord? I have to stop and stand in awe of this faithful servant of God. Is he quoted in the Bible frequently? No. Does he have the fanfare and notoriety that many other Saints have? Not so much.

Let’s stop a moment and really consider his role in redemption. One can hardly focus on St. Joseph without first looking at our Blessed Mother. Here we find a young girl not barely ‘sweet sixteen’ who is told something quite unbelievable to the average person, namely that she would conceive the Son of God in a miraculous way and remain a virgin. We all know this, but I think often many take it for granted that the times in which she lived were precarious at best. An unmarried woman that found herself pregnant would soon feel the biting sting of stones tearing and bruising her flesh and breaking her bones. Still, she trusted and accepted according to the Perfect Will of God without hesitation!

Then we have to look towards Joseph. An older man .. a widower who was to marry this young girl, yet what to do when he learns that she is with child? He knew full well what would be her fate if he publicly declared this. His kind and protective nature decided to just divorce her quietly and not cause her undue pain and scandal. We all know that God sent the angel to him in a dream to explain the situation and Joseph, trusting God as Mary did, believed and took her for his wife.

I would imagine they were both a little nervous about it all … wondering how this could be .. what would happen next … how would it all turn out?? I can only imagine the prayerful lives of faith that they led allowing them to trust to that extent and rely on God for the very next step all along the way. We all know the stories from our childhood, but have we ever stopped to really think what it all must have been like? Fleeing into Egypt .. fleeing from Herod … losing Jesus as a young Boy and finding Him in the Temple amidst the elders, questioning and being questioned. St. Joseph taught the God-Man his carpentry trade. He and Mary played with Him, watched Him grow, comforted Him when He fell and taught Him how to pray!

So little is written of St. Joseph in Scripture .. neither Joseph or Mary together, have very many words recorded. But are there any more significant people in Scripture than the Mother and Foster-Father of the Christ Child? They don’t say much, but they sure lead by example! St. Joseph was a faithful servant while on earth, chosen by the Holy Trinity to be a wonderful Foster-Father to Jesus and a faithful and protective virginal husband to Mary.
As the head of the Holy Family, he is also the Patron of the Catholic Church. He is also the Patron Saint of families and workers as well. We need to call on him for his protection, guidance and support in all things.

One of St. Joseph’s most famous titles is Patron of a Happy Death. Why? How could death not be happy if one was to die in the arms of Jesus and Mary? We must never forget his suffering either. He truly is our Friend in Sufferings with all the fear, anxiety and panic he must have gone through in his diligent care of his beloved Family! Let us always turn to our foster father St. Joseph, asking him to present our petitions to our dear Lord and our Blessed Mother with the same tenderness and concern in which he protected them while on earth. Let our prayer be always to strive to embrace the perfect Will of God in all things with a joyful and trusting heart as St. Joseph shows us by his shining example.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph .. please pray for us!

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O Glorious Saint Joseph…

19 March 2017

March 19th marks the Feast of the spouse of Our Lady, Saint Joseph so it is time to prepare for the Festa!

I am of Italian descent and needless to say, Saint Joseph is loved, no questions asked. The thing is, I do have a question. Why? Why did you do it St. Joseph? Why did you treat Our Lady so justly and accept God’s Will so faithfully?

It was if you already knew all of it. I suppose I have to really get to Heaven to find out. He will be the first one I seek out after I squeeze through those gates and after I meet My Lord and His Most Blessed Mother. I then will ask him why.

Here are some pics and some links to help you celebrate our holy Saint Joseph’s Day. By the way, make sure you get to the closest Italian bakery and get some Saint Joseph Zeppole!

O Glorious Saint Joseph

Whose power it is
to render possible
things which are impossible,
come to my aid in this present
difficulty and distress.

Take this impossible
and difficult affair
which I recommend to you
under your special care
and protection that it may
have a happy issue.

O Glorious Saint Joseph,
let it not be said
that I have invoked
you in vain.
Since you are so powerful
with Jesus and Mary
show that your goodness
equals your power.

Amen

Memorare of St. Joseph

Remember,

O most pure spouse
of the Virgin Mary,
St. Joseph,
my beloved patron,
that never
has it been heard
that anyone
sought your aid
without being
comforted.

Inspired by this
confidence,
I come to you
and fervently
commend myself
to you.

Despise not
my petition,
dear foster father
of our Redeemer,
but graciously
accept it.

Amen

 

Celebrating St. Joseph’s Day

Recipes

Links

Feast of St. Joseph
From the Fish Eaters website. Information about the customs, prayers, as well as recipes for many traditional foods.
St. Joseph’s Night in New Orleans
A 1997 article about the celebration in New Orleans by John Sinclair.
St. Joseph’s Table
Information about St. Joseph’s Day Tables in Sicily and elsewhere. Several very nice pictures, including those sent in by readers.
St Joseph’s Day Altars
A great page with a thorough explanation about St. Joseph’s Day altars and their place in Louisiana culture. Includes history, symbolism and pictures of altars.

Source: Bulin.com


AlwaysCatholicBlog will be back soon…

24 January 2013

24 January 2013 Anno Domini
Posted by Sofia Guerra

Hello loyal readers,

As most of you may know the staff and myself at Always Catholic took a break for a much needed Retreat for the New Year. Well, retreat’s over but we still need a little more of a break from the world. We have extended our break to continue our retreat at home with days dedicated to prayer and simple chores.

Leading a daily routine similar to a cloistered experience is proving at the very least to be the answer to our sadness over the state of the world and the deterioration of our own country. We will be back soon and in the meantime, please visit the blogs of truly Catholic writers. We ask also that you visit the Prayer Request page here at Always Catholic and either choose someone there to pray for or add your own request for prayer.

Here’s a list of some blogs we truly admire: (not in any order of preference, all are worthy…)

CatholicBandita (Lisa Graas)
Nunspeak (Sister Lisa Doty)
In the Shadow of His Wings (Passionist Nuns)
Creative Minority Report (The Brothers Archbold)
Battle Beads Blog (Mary Wellman)
Man with Black Hat (David Alexander)
Traditional Latin Mass in Maryland (Deo Volente)
Catholic Foodie(Jeff Young)
A Catholic Citizen in America (Brian Gill)
Left Footer Blog (Christopher Wright)
Faith of our Fathers (Steve Smith)
A Talking Donkey (George Vogt)
The unpaved path that is my journey towards God…(Nikita Unverzagt)
The Charcoal Fire(Professor Kevin M Clarke)
Journey of a Catholic Nerdwriter (Emmy Cecilia)
CathoLibertarian (Teresa Rice)

If we missed your blog it was only because I wrote this quickly as prayer and chores call…please send us a note at AlwaysCatholicBlog@gmail.com and remind us that you should be posted here!

We will be back very very soon!

God love you,

Sofia


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