St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary – March 19 Reflection

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Ancient legend and folklore states that Joseph may have died on March 19th. Various traditions and devotions recalling the life of St. Joseph go back to as early as the 4th century. It wasn’t until 1480 in which Pope Sixtus IV elevated March 19 to an official liturgical feast in the church (–the-spouse-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary.html).

As a Christian husband and father, I am reminded that Saint Joseph was a humble man that didn’t have much written about him per the gospel writers. Saint Joseph was a man of action & humility that didn’t question his dream and took action despite life’s obstacles. The importance of the angelic messenger coming to Joseph in a dream shows us that Joseph must have been a man of faith & prayer to actually carry out his part of God’s mission for God’s plan of salvation history. Undoubtedly, Joseph’s many nicknames as “terror of demons,” is quite appropriate given his role as a stalwart of the holy family. After all, this is a man who fled with Mary and Jesus from the throes of danger from Herod’s slaughter of the holy innocents to Egypt. Joseph continuously did the Lord’s will without complaint as a pious and devout servant that he was. Most men today would have questioned such things and not have been a humble servant as was Joseph. I myself might have questioned God’s will & certainly would have been fearful to take Mary as my wife.

St. Joseph, Rhineland, TX

Joseph holds a special fondness and place in my heart as not only a saintly role model, but one in which my father’s side of the family had a history with as well. My great grandparents helped to build a church named after the saint in Rhineland, TX. My wife and I were also married at St. Joseph in another city in a Texas town. I also had the opportunity to play this saintly man in a living nativity play one year surrounded by actual livestock (luckily it was a silent part and true to the man who didn’t have much to say in holy scripture). Saint Joseph is patron of many things including the universal Church, fathers, workers, immigrants, unborn children, and a happy death ( Saint Joseph should serve as a role model to all father figures who wish to unite their own families under the protection and guidance of the holy family. One great book one should have is Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father by Father Donald Calloway.

Let us ask St. Joseph for his intercession to always allow our dreams to reflect God’s will. St. Joseph is a saintly hero that takes action no matter how difficult the task with little attention to himself as the guardian of the Holy family. As we prepare to recall this saintly man of humble and pure heart, let us pray the Litany of St. Joseph:

Saint Joseph, pray for us!

May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.

Published by StreetEvangelist

A Roman Catholic Christian living in the TX, USA area seeking to make the world a better place. Our call to mission as being made in the image and likeness of God is two-fold: to have authentic relationships with our fellow man, and to have an authentic personal encounter with our living God through His Son Jesus Christ who is, who was and who will always be. Let us not bicker, spew hate, or worry about trivial matters when we can become better images of our self to walk humbly with our loving God.

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