- May 11, 2021
How are we to find peace in the midst of a changing world? In her liturgical year, the Church provides us with two power-punch answers, namely, the witness and intercession of Mary and Joseph.
Updating the Litany of St. Joseph, approved in 1909, the Vatican has added seven invocations, including two that address the guardian of Jesus and husband of Mary as “support in difficulty” and “patron of refugees.”
For the 50-plus years Father Donald Fest has been a Josephite, he has watched his Baltimore-based religious community unsuccessfully petition the Vatican to declare a universal Year of St. Joseph.
Like St. Joseph who had other plans for his life, but lovingly embraced his role as Jesus’ foster father, a priest assigned to a new parish cannot impose his own ways on that community, Pope Francis said.
With Pope Francis having declared this the Year of St. Joseph through Dec. 8, fresh interest has been generated in the foster father of Jesus. Louise Perrotta is putting the finishing touches on a new book on the saint that she says her publisher, The Word Among Us Press, hopes to make available by May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker.
The folklore is well known: Need to sell a house? Bury a statue of St. Joseph in the yard. Maybe wrapped in a cloth. But it must be upside down, near the “For Sale” sign, facing the house. Or facing away from the house, near the road. Or near flowers because he likes that.
St. Patrick’s Day has its corned beef and cabbage and St. Joseph’s Day has zeppoles — Italian cream-filled doughnuts.
ROME – In 1961, St. Pope John XXIII wrote that while the Catholic Church bestows upon Jesus the adoration he deserves, with the Virgin Mary close behind, St. Joseph — “except from some slight sprinkling of references” — remained in the background. It wasn’t until Dec. 8, 1870 – basically