|Cope depicting the Holy Family in the carpentry shop, worn on Easter Sunday|
My own father is 80-years-old and deserving of peace, so he knows precious little of my present trials. I would dearly love to have his advice on a particular matter but then I keep hearing these words "go to Joseph" which I have read often in the many devotions written to the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. My dad spends a good part of his day in prayer. His clothes are well-worn, he buys almost nothing for himself (rarely ever did) and he has always lived the simplest life possible. The only thing he ever asked me for was an outdoor statue of St. Joseph so he could erect a little shrine to him in his garden. When I was in Italy, I found a beautiful tile of St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus. These are the only two gifts about which my father didn't complain, "now why did you spend your money on that?"
It had been a few days since I had gone to Joseph, and while reading from my treasury of devotions to him today, I came across this passage, told to St. Bridget of Sweden by none other than the Blessed Mother about the foster-father of Jesus. A good example for all of us to emulate.
"St. Joseph was so reserved and careful in his speech that not one word ever issued from his mouth that was not good and holy, nor did he ever indulge in unnecessary or less than charitable conversation. He was most patient and diligent in bearing fatigue; he practiced extreme poverty; he was most meek in bearing injuries; he was strong and constant against my enemies; he was the faithful witness of the wonders of Heaven, being dead to the flesh and the world, living only for God and for Heavenly goods, which were the only things he desired. He was perfectly conformed to the Divine Will and so resigned to the dispositions of Heaven that he ever repeated" May the Will of God ever be done in me!" He rarely spoke with men, but continually with God, whose Will he desired to perform. Wherefore, he now enjoys great glory in Heaven."