27 April 2021

 

The Katharine Konnection

Year of Saint Joseph

Dear Parishioners,

Back in December Pope Francis declares the Year of Saint Joseph (https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-12/pope-francis-proclaims-year-of-st-joseph.html).  His hope was for us to turn to Saint Joseph for support and for prayers.  As the Patron of the Universal Church, Saint Joseph is one of our most revered saints.  He is know as the Light among Patriarchs, Spouse of the Mother of God, Foster Father of the Son of God, Head of the Holy Family, Joseph Most Just, Joseph Most Chaste, Lover of Poverty, Lover of all Who Labor, Mirror of Patience, Glory of Home Life, Solace of the Afflicted, Terror of Demons, Protector of the Holy Church, Hope of the Sick, Patron of the Dying.

But, as Fr. James Martin, SJ explains, “While not as venerated as his wife Mary, Joseph, as you can tell from those lofty titles, holds an exalted position in the church.  But let me add a few others: poor man, laborer, refugee, and the one word most often affixed to him in the Gospels: “tektōn.”  It’s a Greek word usually translated as carpenter, but which is probably more accurately translated as construction worker.  Joseph not only built tables and chairs, and doors and yokes, but most likely helped to build walls, dig ditches and construct houses.  Given the relative poverty of Nazareth, he probably had to travel an hour and half to Sepphoris, the larger Roman town being rebuilt by Herod, exactly when he and Jesus were plying their trade in Nazareth.  So you can add to that litany: construction worker, working father, guy.”

This Saturday is one of the feast days we celebrate connected to St. Joseph, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker.  Joseph is a wonderful example the holiness of a hard day’s work.  One of the seven key themes of Catholic Social Teaching is the “Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers” and the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker highlights this aspect of our Church’s teaching.  You can learn more about Saint Joseph the Worker here: https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-joseph-the-worker

Below are an icon of Saint Joseph and a prayer asking for his intercession:

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Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 
To you God entrusted his only Son; 
in you Mary placed her trust; 
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father 
and guide us in the path of life. 
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage, 
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.

Blessings,

Brian

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