Category Archives: Saints

Patris Corde 4b: Disappointment and Rebellion? No

Often in life, things happen whose meaning we do not understand. Our first reaction is frequently one of disappointment and rebellion. Joseph set aside his own ideas in order to accept the course of events and, mysterious as they seemed, … Continue reading

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Ignatius in July, 1

Some of my Ignatian friends are observing this entire month as a conclusion to the Ignatian Year, marking five centuries since the man’s conversion thanks to a military injury and long convalescence. Let’s see if I can maintain a discipline of … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 4a: An Accepting Father

Pope Francis reflects on (a)n accepting father: Joseph accepted Mary unconditionally. He trusted in the angel’s words.  “The nobility of Joseph’s heart is such that what he learned from the law he made dependent on charity. Today, in our world … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 3c: Luke’s Witness to Joseph and Obedience

Saint Luke weighs in, first with Saint Joseph’s observance of civil authority–the census: The evangelist Luke, for his part, tells us that Joseph undertook the long and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be registered in his family’s town … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 3b: More Dreams, More Obedience

The annunciation was only the beginning for the dreams of the New Testament Joseph. The man’s attentiveness to the messages of angels continues, and the Holy Family is guided to safety thanks to the obedience of the heir of the … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 3a: An Obedient Father

In section 3, Pope Francis offers his reflection on Joseph’s obedience. Sometimes we shy away from that virtue. But in the Gospels, we have concrete examples of the man as attentive to God and in compliance with religious duties as … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 2b: More on Human Frailty

As I looked over the second half of section 2, I was thinking of that passage from Sirach, “The sum of a person’s days is great if it reaches a hundred years: Like a drop of sea water, like a … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 2a: A Tender and Loving Father

In section 2, Pope Francis looks at Joseph as “a tender and loving father.” This portion of the document is Scripture-heavy. While not quoting the saint or in association with him directly, many of these passages cited are something of … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 1b: Joseph in the Eyes of Christians

Wasn’t feeling up to posting this on Father’s Day as I had planned. An octave, maybe? In a way, Saint Joseph was a “first father” of Christianity. Not an apostle, bishop, or any exalted figure. Just a plain working man … Continue reading

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Patris Corde 1a: A Beloved Father

The greatness of Saint Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. In this way, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, “at the service of the entire plan of salvation”. … Continue reading

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Patris Corde: Introduction and Popes

Pope  Francis reminds us of the popularity of the Patron of the Church (since 1870), and more: the regard of Joseph as Patron of Workers and Guardian of the Redeemer. After Mary, the Mother of God, no saint is mentioned … Continue reading

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Patris Corde: Introduction and the Bible

You remember the occasion for Pope Francis’ apostolic letter Patris Corde, which, by the way, you can read here? That 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as patron of the universal Church? I’ve missed two liturgical cues for … Continue reading

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Bread and Wine

Some few decades ago there was much handwringing about wording in the Roman Missal first edition, and in some songs that accompanied its use. A fine priest I knew got his socks bothered over Laurence Rosania’s “The Supper of the … Continue reading

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Red Egg

According to legend, Mary Magdalene brought a snack–eggs–to those in vigil at the Tomb. When she and the Lord had their “Noli me tangere” moment (presumably not uttered in Latin) the eggs in her basket turned red. The legend continues: … Continue reading

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If You Are …

Do we see ourselves in the Scriptures of Holy Week? Or are these Gospel narratives spectator events? I noticed this litany of identifications from the saint our Orthodox sisters and brothers call Gregory the Theologian: If you are a Simon … Continue reading

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