Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy St. Joseph's Day

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The more I grow in my faith, the more I begin to rely upon St. Joseph. The Bible doesn't say much about him, but we know he was obedient to God by providing for and protecting Mary and Jesus. And of course, our blessed Lord learned His trade from his earthly father and so much more. I have often tried to imagine the life of the Holy Family, but it is in reading St. Anne Catherine Emmerich's visions that have created a fuller picture for me. No one is required to believe this, of course, it being a private revelation, but I have found it has greatly enhanced the reading of the Bible for me.

Tim Drake gives a most touching tribute to St. Joseph. He ends with this: we would do well to spend time in reflection and prayer on good St. Joseph. Our culture faces a crisis of fatherhood — too many weak fathers, distant fathers, absent fathers — unlike anything we’ve previously experienced.

Ask St. Joseph to bless and guide and protect your family. Take some time to contemplate what Joseph did, and ask for his intercession in your life and work. You’ll be thankful you did. St. Joseph, pray for us!

To all men, especially fathers, a happy day to you! May St. Joseph pray for all your intentions. Below is my favorite dad with my favorite kids, when they were little!!! I am so thankful Michael keeps the children close to him even now.


Mirka Breen said...

*Fathers.* <3
So important.

Leandra Wallace said...

So sweet, you can tell he's a great dad. And on another note- was that your flower bed? Gorgeous!

Marcia said...

Gorgeous photos, as always. And yes, WAS that your flower bed?

Johnell DeWitt said...

My father was so important for me. And my husband is for my kids and that makes me happy.

Vijaya said...

Mirka, I wish I had that closeness with mine.

Leandra, he was a natural, even though he had no experience with little kids. And no, that is the flower bed near my father's condo in Chicago :) I went to savor its beauty every day we were there.

Marcia, thank you.

Johnell, strong fathers make strong sons and daughters.

Becky Shillington said...

Such precious pictures, Vijaya! Thank you so much for sharing about St. Joseph. I learn so much from you! = )

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Such a beautiful, Godly family you have, Vijaya. So blessed.

Vijaya said...

Becky and Ruth, thank you!