Skip to comments.Catholic Caucus: How St. Joseph Lived the Greatest Calling of Husband and Father
Posted on 03/20/2015 6:40:10 PM PDT by Coleus
Men in history are often remembered for things like winning a battle, governing a country, composing a symphony, writing a masterpiece, or inventing a life-changing device. Today, the Church honors a man who did none of these. Even in his own time, in the eyes of much of the world, this small-town carpenter was insignificant. But his greatness did not lie in his business profession. His greatness and holiness were manifested in his relationships as husband and father; so much so, in fact, that the example of his life will forever be the paragon of these callings.
His name is Saint Joseph.
Considering the importance of Saint Joseph and the fact that he was the head of the Holy Family, some find it curious that he is mentioned so little in the Gospels. The Gospels do not record a single word directly spoken by St. Joseph. And yet, perhaps this lack of words speaks volumes. St. Joseph listened carefully to Gods agents, and then faithfully and boldly executed Gods commands.
As Pope Leo XIII wrote:
In giving Joseph the Blessed Virgin as spouse, God appointed him to be not only her lifes companion, the witness of her maidenhood, the protector of her honor, but also a participator in her sublime dignity. And Joseph shines among all mankind by the most august dignity, since by divine will, he was the guardian of the Son of God he guarded from death the Child threatened by a monarchs jealousy, and found for Him a refuge; in the miseries of the journey and in the bitternesses of exile he was ever the companion, the assistance, and the upholder of the Virgin and of Jesus
For all the differences, there is a parallel between Saint Josephs calling and the calling of every Catholic husband and father. We fathers are called by God to do much the same things that Saint Joseph did: protect our children from harmful forces and influences; be a loyal and faithful companion of our wives; support our families in a way that glorifies God; and recognize that the hardships and suffering that come with fatherhood help us on the road to perfection. We must remember to identify ourselves by our calling as a husband and father.
Sometimes we are tempted to forget. Sometimes, we are tempted to prove our importance to the world. We want our name on the door; we want the corner office; we want to be the boss. We spend so much time looking for respect outside the home that we often forget that our wives and children would respect us, if only we gave them the chance.
But you will not find a job that equals the importance of your job as a father. Your role as a father is more important than your jobyour fatherhood is more important than anyones job. You have been chosen to prepare immortal souls for eternal life with God.
St. Joseph never looked outside his family for approval or for a sense of accomplishmentand neither should we. Accomplishment is right there waiting for us. You want to know what accomplishment looks like? Its the chocolate ice cream covered smile of a seven-year-old boy, whose father took him out for dessert, instead of remaining at the office.
Its the bright-eyed gaze of wonder of a three-year-old girl who turns the pages as her father reads The Cat in the Hat for the fiftieth time. Its that confident look in your wifes eyes that says: I know I chose the right man as she watches you take your children to Holy Communion and kneel down before the Presence of God. Meditating on St. Joseph should remind us that there really is no greater calling for us men than husband and father.
Today, the Catholic Church honors Saint Joseph. Let us honor Saint Joseph in our own hearts. Let us ask for St. Josephs intercession, to remind us that there is no role more important than the one God has already blessed us with: fathers and husbands. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.
Joseph was NOT the father of the Son of God! Get it right.
Joseph didn’t even go to his step son’s crucifixion. This guy was irrelevant unless you think that Jesus was not the Son of God.
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Joseph was NOT the father of the Son of God! Get it right. >>
St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of workers and the Catholic Church was the “father” of Jesus. You have to understand that the word “father” is also a verb. Most sensible people understand this.
Joseph didnt even go to his step sons crucifixion. >>>
It is understood by many, I guess not you, that when Jesus died on the cross, his father St. Joseph had already passed away. In the Acts of the Apostles, you will read nothing about St. Joseph and when Jesus’ church, the Catholic Church, was created on Pentecost, the 12 Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, were present, her husband St. Joseph, was not there because he was deceased.
That’s a great list, will share, thank you.
thank you for the list
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