March 19

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Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Today we honor St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is interesting to note that St. Joseph's fatherhood and specific role in the plan of salvation would not have been possible apart from his marriage to Mary. A further reflection on St. Joseph's participation in the plan of salvation can be found the USCCB's Marriage:Unique for a Reason.


St. John Paul II referred to St. Joseph as "the guardian and cooperator in the providential mystery of God (no 14)." He explained that, together with Mary, Joseph was the first guardian of Christ: "St. Joseph was called by God to serve the person and mission of Jesus directly through the exercise of his fatherhood (no 8)."


We pray for all fathers, that through the example of St. Joseph, they may fully embrace their vocation and accept the privilege and responsibility of caring for their children as St. Joseph cared for Jesus.


St. Joseph, the model of humility and trust, and one of the Church’s greatest saints, is often discussed as being silent, as he speaks no words in the Bible. But, his silence speaks volumes. In it, the Church recognizes his faithfulness, his love, and his acceptance of the Holy Will of god. Take a moment today to mediate on this gift of silence.