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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Saint Joseph, Then and Now; a Chaste Man, 3 of 10

Joseph was told in his dream not to be afraid to take Mary his wife into his home. In this dream where the angel gave terse, explicit instructions Joseph heard enough to change his attitude, choose God’s will over his own and set a new course of action.  He made a quick decision with firm […]

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Joseph, Then and Now; a Righteous Man, 2 of 10

Matthew 1: 19, “. . . a righteous man.” Saint Joseph was a devout observer of Mosaic Law. He discovered his betrothed was pregnant; probably when Mary returned from visiting her cousin Elizabeth. This was a gross violation of moral law. Therefore, he wished to dissolve his pledged union with Mary.Yet, he was merciful. Unwilling […]

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Saint Joseph Then and Now; Son of David 1 of 10

In the next 10 days, I’m going to post a 10-part meditative essays on St. Joseph. I didn’t write them. They were written by Louis Templeman, a prolific writer and known in Catholic circles as the Catholic Journeyman. If you want to be more familiar with Louis and his writings, please visit http://www.catholicstewardsofcreation.com/home-2/catholic-journeyman/catholic-journeymans-archive/ Below is the first of […]

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A Prayer For Urgent Needs

Have you been in situations where there isn’t any time to pray a novena for 9 consecutive days or even for 9 consecutive hours? Times when you’re almost at the verge of of panic…You need immediate help, relief, comfort, etc. Times like these, I pray the Memorare to St. Joseph or the Memorare to our Blessed Mother nine consecutive times. I then pray […]

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