Who Was St. Joseph?
When we hear of St. Joseph we don’t often stop to think about who he really was. A lot of the time our mind instantly rushes to think of the Nativity at Christmas or a statue we see in Church. But this year in the Church is a special one. It isn’t often that we have the feast of Saint Joseph in the month of Saint Joseph in the year of Saint Joseph, but in 2021, this is the case! Pope Francis has declared this year the Year of Saint Joseph, the month of March is dedicated to him, and March 19th is his feast day. This is a perfect year to discover who St. Joseph, the man, really was.
When we think of the lives of the Saints, we are tempted think of them as stories - maybe good stories - but really more fictitious, even if they have a good lesson to teach. Especially the saints of the early Church. Saints Perpetua and Felicity, third century martyrs, shatter that narrative. Because we have the diary of St. Perpetua, we can see through her words what it was like to be a prisoner for her faith during the times of Roman persecution.
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