Feastday of St. Joseph the Worker


“I do not know how anyone can think of the Queen of the Angels, during the time that she suffered so much with the Child Jesus, without giving thanks to St. Joseph for the way he helped them.  If anyone cannot find a master to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint as his master and he will not go astray.”

[From: Selected Writings of St. Teresa of Avila]


7 Responses

  1. 🙂 It’s funny.. I just came across my one St. Joseph item, yesterday. It had been obliterated by tons of junk..I’d not have happened upon it, but for 8 hours of thinning out/rearranging an upstairs room for the presence of a crib. I brought down the small etched glass of him holding the Babe (it wasn’t even dusty.. I don’t know how that is possible, for it had been ‘buried’ for years) and put it in my Mary corner. I have zero doubt that this finding and reunion was her own idea and doing.

  2. Mary and Joseph were probably smiling down on you, being very familiar themselves with “rearranging for the presence of a crib”. 🙂

  3. Oh, good heavens — you’re right!! I have often wondered why I say some things, or in a certain way. You know why! Omg, life is full of such wondrous surprises.

  4. Aw, poor Mary.. and Joseph. Imagine arranging for a “crib” where they had to.. Jesus the Son wanted to identify with the poorest of the poor, tho.. and that, He certainly did, from the very first. What didn’t His poor young virgin mother ponder in her heart, day in and day out? What incredible trust she placed in God. Joseph did, too. Joseph wasn’t only “just,” he’d have to be extraordinarily humble, too, to allow God to do things God’s way. No wonder Mary loved Joseph. I hope with all my heart that both Mary and Joseph acted as His soft, warm crib. I’m sure they did, for it gets chilly at night in the holy land…

  5. And in Egypt…

    How much we can learn from Mary and Joseph, in the way of not clinging to our best-laid-plans, of being able to forego on a moment’s notice our dreams and desires, to react swiftly to God’s voice.

  6. “And in Egypt..”

    These are some of the 3 little words one lives for, eventually–like those pockets of them in Gospel, beatitudes, and the new commandment. Indeed, little Mary had to give up even her own known lands, as did Joseph. For a while. Nowhere is much said of Joseph, but of the little bit that is, everywhere is said that He listened to God and acted on it immediately. Perhaps Jesus was thinking of Joseph’s obedience and trust, too, when He spoke of “the one thing needed.”

  7. I wish we knew more about St. Joseph though. St. Teresa of Avila, in the quote I used, said he could help anyone who didn’t know how to pray. When I think of his obedience and trust, I imagine his prayer was always a simple, Thy Will be Done, and possibly, Show me how, Lord.

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