Monday, March 19, 2007

Go to Joseph!

Today is the feast of St. Joseph, the saint of divine Providence. He has a well-deserved reputation for providing for material needs. Pope John Paul wrote a letter about St. Joseph called Guardian of the Redeemer. The Pope said that while St. Joseph was not the biological father of Jesus, he was his father in every other way. He wasn't just a figurehead but he played a very crucial role in Jesus' growth and development. He taught Jesus many things and gave him a wonderful example. We know from the Gospels that Jesus knew how to read. One Scripture professor I had once said that this was because of Joseph. It was up to the father of the family in ancient Israel to see to the education of the children. Joseph must have taken Jesus' education very seriously.

St. Joseph, pray for us, and for all those who need your help, especially those looking for employment and those who are approaching the point of death.

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