Category Archives: Patris Corde

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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