Periodically our Lenten journey is paused with recognition of persons or events that we celebrate because they have a special message and meaning for us. Among the great feasts is that of St. Joseph. We pause to focus on this Head of the Holy Family, the man chosen to protect and provide for Mary and Jesus. Scripture does not give us a single word spoken or written by Joseph, yet his life provides solid lessons for us. Joseph, though silent, was a man of action, taking his family to a safe exile, settling them in a small town, working as a carpenter while helping raise a blessed child. He was vital for Mary and Jesus and from at least the 10th century has been formally honored and invoked by the church. We see in Joseph a way to serve God and one another without fanfare—yet with great devotion and duty.
By Carol Berg, OSB