Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother

In honor of Father’s Day it seemed appropriate to post these links to information about the patron saint of fathers. St. Joseph is a relatively enigmatic and underappreciated figure in the Bible; here are two articles about the oft-overlooked member of the Holy Family:

 

10 Things you should know about St. Joseph

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Philip Kosloski – published on 03/01/21

What did St. Joseph do as a carpenter? Was he old when he married the Virgin Mary?

Even though St. Joseph never spoke a word in the Bible, there are many things we can know about St. Joseph based on scripture and tradition.

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Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

 

St. Joseph in art: An enigmatic and elusive figure

Elizabeth Lev – published on 02/26/21

The original “strong silent type,” St. Joseph was so reticent that for the first 200 years of the life of the Church he was absent from Christian art.

St. Joseph is a fixture in Catholic art and spirituality. Not only is he patron of the universal church, but from real estate to soul mates, young and old invoke Joseph in a steady stream of prayers and litanies. This was, however, not always the case – Joseph spent many a century waiting in the wings for his moment to shine.

Pope Francis has dedicated 2021 to St. Joseph, and in his honor, this series will explore the many different depictions of Joseph that were created as he was called upon, numerous times in the turbulent history of the faith, to protect the Church and its teachings.

The original “strong silent type,” St. Joseph was so reticent that for the first 200 years of the life of the Church he was absent from Christian art. In their depictions of the Nativity and the visit of the Magi, early Christians seemed to forget Joseph altogether. Christian carvers meticulously rendered ox and ass, stable and straw, manger and swaddling clothes, but left Mary alone to present Christ to shepherds and kings.

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