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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 . . . […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Saint Joseph, Then and Now; an Obedient Pilgrim, 4 of 10

by Louis Templeman Luke 2: 4, “And Joseph, too, went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David to be enrolled with his Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. There was no room […]

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