Thursday, 19 March 2009

St Joseph's Day

I like this icon of St Joseph, showing him as rather younger than is often the case. The tradition of an older Joseph stems from the presumption that he was dead by the time of the marriage at Cana, when he is not mentioned. Joseph is patron of the dying, of workers, and of many countries such as Canada. He is also Guardian of the Church, as he was Guardian of Jesus.

He reminds me too of all those people who work away in the background, and whom we so easily take for granted. But without them things would ground to a halt. Have a thought for all those present day Josephs...

Meanwhile, this link will take you to the huge shrine of St Joseph in Montreal, Canada, founded by Blessed Brother Andre The picture is of the interior of the main basilica.

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