RSS

Archive for December, 2014


He loves us so much…

Today is Christmas day! May you have an outpouring of wondrous blessings not just this Christmas but in all the days of your life! A while ago, I was staring at my computer screen, wondering (and praying) what to say to you today. Then a short time after, I felt so joyous. You know I […]

Read More...

St. Joseph, Then and Now; a Simple Man now Exalted, 10 of 10

by Louis Templeman Luke 2: 46, “. . . but not finding him, they returned to Jerusalem to look for him . . . . When his parents saw him they were astonished . . . . But they did not understand what he said to them. He went down with them and came to […]

Read More...

Joseph, Then and Now; Steady Worker, 9 of 10

by Louis Templeman After Herod dies Joseph was instructed by an angel to return to Israel. In Israel Joseph learns Herod’s son is on the throne. This gives him pause. He cannot relocate near the King. Perhaps, he felt the Messiah should grow up near the Temple, but he fears this cannot be. He dreams […]

Read More...

Saint Joseph, Then and Now; Good Soldier, 8 of 10

by Louis Templeman In Matthew 2: 10-12 we read the story of the visit of wealthy religious men, magi, from the east.Joseph received these magi into the house where he was renting space. He is not mentioned. He is silent. Yet, he is in charge. Mary is young. Had recently given birth. Was busy with […]

Read More...

Saint Joseph, Then and Now; Hidden, Ignored yet Fruitful, 7 of 10

by Louis Templeman Luke 2: 25, “Simeon . . . came in the Spirit . . . when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law . . . The child’s mother and father were amazed at what was said about him and Simeon blessed them . . . […]

Read More...

Saint Joseph, Then and Now; the Observant, Jew 6 of 10

by Louis Templeman As soon as opportunity permitted, Joseph found better accommodations and removed Mary and her child from the grotto. As the days passed he had the holy child circumcised according to the dictates of the covenant God made with Israel. About a month later he brought the child and Mary to the Temple […]

Read More...

Saint Joseph, Then and Now; Man of Questioning Faith, 5 of 10

by Louis Templeman In more than one ancient work of sacred art we find Joseph off by himself looking bewildered in a depiction of the nativity. In Rublev’s icon we find the artist has captured a very real moment of Josephquestioning his predicament as well as his faith (bottom left of image). The nativity was […]

Read More...