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Lord, You engender the Body of the Holy Church in a way which You alone know and understand….. By means of Your Blood, You make a well-organized, well-formed Body of which You are the Head.  The angels delight in its beauty, the archangels admire it, the seraphim are enraptured by it, all the angelic spirits marvel at it, and all the souls of the blessed in heaven rejoice in it.  The Blessed Trinity takes delight in it in a manner beyond our comprehension.

St Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi

Quoted from Divine Intimacy, First Week After The Ephiphany, 44.

In a month and specifically this weekend where many are thinking about St. Patrick’s Day and how they are going to celebrate the great missionary saint, many often forget about St. Joseph. It is rarely talked about, but the month of March is dedicated to St. Joseph and his most chaste heart. We celebrate his solemnity on March 19th in the church calendar as he is both the principal patron of Canada and the patron of the universal Church.

Recently, trying to learn more about St. Joseph, I found myself reading an article from the Catholic Herald by Michael Warren Davis entitled “Why we should take St Joseph as our role model this Lent”. In it, Davis notes that the solemnity of St Joseph will always fall during Lent and that is not a coincidence. In his life of faithfulness and chastity, St. Joseph also exemplified the interior life and could be considered the first Christian Mystic.

We learn from Sacred Scripture that St. Joseph does not say a word. In all the major events surrounding the incarnation of the Son of God, he remains silent. Last week, I emphasized the importance of this silence and solitude in our prayer life in order to grow closer with God and draw strength from Him to resist temptation. This week, through the example of St. Joseph, we learn that we can incorporate silence into our prayer life when we are praying with Sacred Scripture.

Here you can imagine, as St. Ignatius invites us to do when praying with Scripture, St. Joseph contemplating both Our Lord and Our Lady at meal times. You can imagine St. Joseph teaching the child Jesus the trade of carpentry. You can imagine St. Joseph dying in the arms of both Our Lord and Our Lady. Through the silent and prayerful reading of Sacred Scripture, we grow closer to Our Lord and Our Lady.

Ite ad Joseph. Go to Joseph. This Lent, as a family, spend some time with the Scriptures in silence prayerfully reading the word of God. St. Joseph, pillar of families, pray for us.

Father Michael

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