As you may have heard, Pope Francis has proclaimed a year of Saint Joseph (see more here). According to the Pope’s decree, this year of Saint Joseph will span from December 8th, 2020 to December 8th, 2021. This presents us with an awesome opportunity to make a new Saint-friend in St. Joseph.
If I could point you to one resource for getting to know St. Joseph this year it’s Fr. Donald H. Calloway’s book, Consecration to St. Joseph: The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father (available here). I have to admit, I haven’t finished the book (yet!), but the little that I have encountered in this book has increased my devotion to St. Joseph and my desire to live an authentic Christian life.
At one point in the book, Fr. Calloway speaks about St. Joseph’s title, “Joseph Most Faithful:”
"Today, it is not easy to be faithful to Jesus. The world does not want you to trust Jesus, hope in his promises, or love him. If you live according to the teachings of Jesus, you will be ridiculed and mocked by the world, and maybe even by your family and friends."
Saint Joseph was faithful to Jesus, in good times and in bad, and his faithfulness serves as an inspiration for us. Saint Joseph is a wonderful model for us to imitate as we are presented today with innumerable persecutions that come from simply standing up for what we know to be true — persecuted for being faithful to Jesus while trusting in his faithfulness toward us.
These days social media and other media attempt to dictate what we are allowed to think and say. Reject that. To be a Christian today means being a thorn in the side of the world. You don’t have to be a jerk about it (in fact, I suggest that we not be jerks about it!) We are always called to charity. But being charitable does not mean that we are reduced to silence out of fear of what the woke-mob is going to say or do against us. At the same time, we should be wise and clever about how we go about this. Jesus instructs us, “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves,” (Matthew 10:16).
The most important relationship in our life is our relationship with God. We are called to be faithful to God. Saint Joseph models this faithfulness for us in his relationship with Jesus and the sufferings he endured as Jesus’ father. Saint Joseph also trusted in God’s faithfulness as he endured the sufferings that came with being the father of Jesus. May we be inspired to be faithful to God after the example of our spiritual father, St. Joseph most faithful.
St. Joseph, Most Faithful — pray for us!