Posts Tagged ‘Holy Family’

Protecting Life and Love

Significantly, the inauguration of Pope Francis was on the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the patron of the universal Church. In his homily at the inauguration Mass, Pope Francis emphasized the role of Saint Joseph as the protector of the Holy Family and the Church. The Supreme Pontiff as the Vicar of Christ is the protector of the Faith of the Church, which has been...

Mary, the Mother of God: Model of Faith

Saint Ambrose writes, “The life of [the Blessed Virgin Mary] can serve as a model for everyone…Who can be more noble than the Mother of God? Who can be more glorious than the one chosen by Glory Itself?” While the new liturgical year begins for the Church with the season of Advent, the new calendar year begins on the 1st of January. The Church consecrates the new year with a solemnity in honor of Mary,...

Christmas—Oh the Humanity!

Christmas is a time that truly reveals our humanity. As Christians we celebrate the revelation of the Incarnation, which does not refer solely to God becoming a man, but also recognizes that Jesus really enters into our humanity—with all its beauty, ordinariness, occasional chaos, and stress.

We often gaze upon picturesque nativity scenes with Mary and Joseph perfectly placed around the peaceful baby Jesus. A soft light illumines the resting animals and adoring shepherds while...

Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers?

At first glance, St. Joseph is so hardly known in the sacred scriptures, how can he be a model? Joseph did not consummate the marriage to his wife, the Virgin Mary. He lived a life of complete and total celibacy and chastity within his marriage. His son Jesus was truly God and really had no need to learn anything from him. Further, he was a carpenter and most fathers do not have that...