My journey with St. Joseph
On Tuesday, on the 150th anniversary of declaring St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church, Pope Francis declared this year as the year of St. Joseph! I was beyond excited when I heard the news! And it was the Feast of the Immaculate Conception so double celebration!!
My journey with St. Joseph is quite an interesting one. I'll be honest, growing up and even into my early adult years I pushed him off to the side a lot. Sure I knew he was important and such, but I was never really "wowed" by him. Somehow, he started creeping into my life through little moments at a time.
It all started just over 5 years ago when a friend of mine told me about how he wrote a letter to St. Joseph asking for his intercession in a particular intention and placed it under his statue at the parish. I was pretty fresh after breaking up my first engagement and needless to say I needed someone to help me find hope. Later that day I decided to write to St. Joseph asking for his intercession for my future husband, and placed it underneath his statue at my home parish. Little did I know that 5 years later I would take my letter and place it in a box that I gave to my husband on our wedding day.
Throughout those 5 years I really came to appreciate the man St. Joseph was. He taught me patience...oh BOY did he ever teach me patience! But he also taught me something else...the importance of action.
We know from Scripture that there is no spoken words from St. Joseph. But take a moment to reflect on all scenes where he encounters God calling him. Whether it's when he was going to depart from Mary (Matthew 1:19), or when he was told to escape to Egypt (Matthew 2:14). Notice how in each scenario there was not a single moment of hesitation from his end. He heard God's voice...and acted!
It makes me think about how many times have I hesitated when I felt God ask me to do something or go somewhere. How many times have I complained instead of simply acted.
St. Joseph, just like our Blessed Mother with her FIAT, is a beautiful example of what it means to trust in our Lord. It means that our will must be completely united with His will, we must desire His will over our own.
St. Joseph, pray for us and teach is how to trust!