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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,