St. Joseph, Our Protector and Provider: Weekly Message for 03-19-2019

Dear Digital Pilgrim,

Only one saint is the universal patron of the Catholic Church.  He is also the patron of a happy death, of immigrants, of workers, and even of unborn children.  His name is St. Joseph.

He doesn’t say a single word in the Bible, but he said a lot to my heart when I recently visited what some people consider to be his tomb in the Holy Land.

In the archaeological excavations there in Nazareth, I was able to see just how ordinary his life with the Holy Family would have been.  It moved me deeply to imagine him as a hardworking man supporting his family and dedicating his life to protecting and providing for Jesus and Mary.  

That’s when I think I really began to understand what it means to call him the universal patron of the Catholic Church: what he did for Jesus and Mary, he continues to do, spiritually, for all of us who are, through God’s grace, Mary’s children and Jesus’ brothers and sisters.

His feast day is coming right up.  I invite you to take a look at The Faithful Steward: a Lenten Retreat Guide on St. Joseph. It is designed to help you get to know him better and pray more deeply during this Lenten Season.

Know that we were praying for all of our digital pilgrims during our recent Going Deeper pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  Please keep counting on our prayers, and thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely in Christ,

Lucy Honner

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  1. St Joseph is the patron Saint of Canada. I was baptized in St . Joseph’s Church in Ottawa, Ontario Canada. I graduated from St Joseph’s School of Nursing, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario Canada and I work in the Library at Stillpoint House of Prayer run by the St Joseph’s Sisters in Springtown, Ontario Canada. When I visit Phoenix, Arizona, I attend Mass at St Joseph’s Church. He seems to be my guardian as I go through life!
    Mary-Joan Hale
    Calabogie, Ontario Canada

  2. One of my favorite places we visited on our trip! The “Tomb of the Just” – it touches me to think of him that way, “The Just”. It inspires me that we don’t hear any words from him in the Bible, he’s a man of action, he follows what God tells him to do. The very definition of faith – what a faith inspiration!!

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