The most important aspect of prayer and contemplation is silence, and it’s more than just finding a quiet space somewhere. That certainly does help, but what is even more essential is inner silence. And while it can be difficult to achieve among the chaos of our daily lives, silent prayer and contemplation is where we find our most fruitful results to problem solving and decision making.
In 1Thes 5:16-18, we’re told “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” St. Joseph knew the will of God for him, and being a virtuous man, he was able to sanctify each of his days. His heart and mind were firmly fixed on only doing God’s will. The only way a human being can discover God’s will is by prayer and contemplation. We need prayer and contemplation in our lives to maintain inner peace. It recalibrates our disposition. But “who on earth has time for that?!” is a very common response. The answer: we all do. We all get the same 24 hours per day but choose to use them differently. Continue reading “Prayer and Contemplation with St. Joseph”
It is often mentioned that St. Joseph is the only person in the bible that never speaks. There are several passages that recount his experiences, but not a single word is recorded that came directly from him. St. Joseph, as he is portrayed in the bible, is a man of action. Furthermore, He’s a silent witness to God, His teachings, a model for Christians (men and women), and more particularly a model of manhood. Like the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph demonstrates a meekness, but it is by no means to be interpreted as weakness.
St. Joseph’s silence coincides with his humility. His silent obedience speaks to his confidence in God, and His will. It is in the suppressing of his faith in Jesus as the Son of God (and all that Jesus’ origin entails) that we find the example of St. Joseph’s abject and unadulterated adherence to the Divine teachings and Will. Cumulatively, his characteristics would forever become a primer for growing in holiness; partly of his own free will and partly due to his association with our Blessed Mother and our Lord and Savior. As a result, St. Joseph ideally exemplifies what the scriptural passages illustrate when man is in complete submission and obedience to The Divine.
Also worth noting is St. Joseph’s willingness to be a father to Jesus in every way, with the exception of being able to be Jesus’ biological father. The humanity of Son of God was entrusted to him, a humble artisan. Holding nothing back, he instructed Jesus as any other father would instruct his son. The magnanimity St. Joseph as a husband and father exhibits is incredibly inspiring.
After reflecting on these aspects of St. Joseph, how can you be a silent witness to God, His teachings, a model for Christians, a model of manhood? Make your changes slowly and build upon them. Small things add up to big things. And as always, I encourage you to pray daily for the grace to accomplish what you need to.
Please be assured of my prayers, and may God continue to infinitely bless all of you.
The Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph is a devotion to the foster-father of Jesus Christ and is celebrated on the first Wednesday of every month. It is considered part of the devotion to the 3 Sacred Hearts (The Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Immaculate Heart of Mary, and The Most Chaste Heart of Joseph). This devotion focuses on 2 main facets of holiness: chastity and purity, and charitable works as they relate to the needy, more particularly to the sick and dying.
Images of this devotion show St. Joseph with a white lily, the symbol for chastity and purity. Like devotions to Jesus and Mary, Joseph also has a scapular associated with this devotion. The official prayers for the devotion to The Most Chaste Heart of Joseph is the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys to St. Joseph. This devotion does not have a liturgical veneration the way that Jesus and Mary do. But, it is still a beautiful devotion that is supported by many saints, including Doctors of the Church. Continue reading “The Most Chaste Heart of St. Joseph”
In this episode of the podcast we discuss Lent, but not in the traditional sense? Instead, we look at how the faithful encounter Lent around the world. There’s some pretty odd and fascinating traditions out there! And what about you, what are your Lent traditions?
Memento Mori is Latin for “remember your death.” Listen to this 7 minute podcast (Episode 181 by Fr. Mike Schmitz) as he explains why we say this phrase. For a practical way you can apply this to your life say the collection of prayers included at the bottom of this post once a week. You can bookmark it or feel free to copy and paste into the notes on your phone and set a weekly Memento Mori reminder (Friday is a good day for it). If you really get on board then you can order the t-shirt. For extra credit you can also Continue reading “Remember Your Death 💀”