Posts Tagged ‘Saint Joseph’

St. Joseph: Patron of the Universal Church, and the ‘Domestic Church’

Bishop Conley is delivering the keynote address of the upcoming conference, “Life, Dignity and Disability” presented by Human Life International and the Nebraska Catholic Conference. Click here to learn more and to register for this exciting conference.

A new and beautiful tradition has begun in our lifetime. By order of Pope Francis and by God’s grace, a small but historic change has been made to the Holy Mass: all...

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...

Love, Hope, and Trust

The first Christmas was not an event that was met with universal acceptance. Upon arriving in Jerusalem, the Magi asked, “Where is he that is born king of the Jews?”  Not knowing the political situation in that city, their question was as naïve as it was dangerous. King Herod could not abide there being any other king of the Jews than himself. He had also believed that the Messiah would be born in...

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...