Saint Joseph

Jim Daly
March 22, 2018

The feast of Saint Joseph was last Monday, March 19. The parish had a Mass with in Italian with special music. Saint Joseph is a patron of the Legion. We open our meeting asking for his prayers.

An angel spoke to him in a dream and told him that he should marry Mary. The angel told him Mary was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. He was with Mary and Jesus at Bethlehem. He took baby Jesus to the Temple and presented Him to God. He heard Simeon prophesy that Mary would suffer.

He provided for Jesus and Mary. He protected them. When Jesus was threatened by Herod, he took Jesus and Mary to Egypt, The family became refugees in a foreign country to escape terror in their homeland.

For three days he searched with anxiety for the missing twelve year old Jesus. When Jesus was found in the Temple in Luke 2:48-50, Mary said,

"Why have you done this to us? Behold your father and I have sought you sorrowing." And He said to them: "Why were you looking for me? Don't you know I must be about my Father's business." And they understood not the word that he spoke to them."
Joseph was a good father he protected and provided for his family.

Good fathers are in short supply today. In the US 43% of our children are growing up in homes without fathers. This puts them at risk.

Children who grow up without fathers in their homes are much more likely to;

  • use drugs
  • be school dropouts
  • have behavioral disorders
  • belong to gangs
  • grow up to be poor and unemployed
  • become homosexual
  • convert to Islam
  • create families without fathers
85 % of youths in prison came from families without fathers.

The problems of poverty would be solved by following Saint Joseph's example.

Saint Joseph was head of the Holy Family. He protected and provided for them. He is important to Jesus and Mary. The same devotion he has for Jesus, he has for us, the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. We can count on Saint Joseph for support.

Saint Joseph, Father of the Church, pray for us.