Angelus Calendar - January Virtue: The Faith of St. Joseph

by Jane Carver

Angelus Calendar - January Virtue: The Faith of St. Joseph

"Faith is the doorway to the supernatural life, and also to prayer." - Guidelines on Prayer from St. Thomas Aquinas

In this month of January, we are focusing our attention on the virtue of faith. Who is a more beautiful example of faith than St. Joseph! We are all familiar with the saying, "Actions speak louder than words." This holy pillar of silence has spoken volumes over the centuries. 

When the angel came in a dream and told him not to be afraid to take Mary as his wife, St. Joseph, against all human reason, humbly trusted in God and persevered in his vocation. Do we wish to needlessly argue with those around us, insisting on our opinions? Let us generously yield to others throughout our day.

 When he was given the command to take Mary and the Child and flee to Egypt, He did not hesitate - he acted immediately and definitively. Are we often tempted to be passive and not act when we are given the grace when something must be done? Let us take immediate action and do what we must with joy!

St. Joseph did not doubt - he firmly believed in the face of confusion, dire poverty and his own imperfection. St. Joseph did not focus on himself but rather turned towards God and his daily duty of providing for and protecting the holy family. Do we look for excuses and distractions from our daily duties? This will not make us happy. Let us persevere like St. Joseph, who did so in much poorer conditions.

- by Jane Carver

What do you admire about St. Joseph? Comment below!

Look for "The Novena to St. Joseph" from Angelus Press. Back in print soon!

You can purchase the 2019 Angelus Press Calendar "The Virtues" here

 

 

 

 





Jane Carver
Jane Carver

Author

Jane Carver is an associate editor and translator for Angelus Press. She has a B.S. in Biology with a minor in chemistry and physics from Washburn University. Previously, Jane worked in clinical research before spending four years in Europe where she learned German and French. Jane is honored to work for this organization in its apostolate of promoting traditional Catholic literature.


3 Responses

Fr Paul
Fr Paul

March 11, 2019

I like that drawing of the flight into Egypt. I would be interested in getting a copy of it. Can you give me any information. I cannot make out the artist.

Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC

March 11, 2019

Lovely! Thank you for stating that St. Joseph did not doubt. If you are interested, please email me because I would like to tell you about an incredible project I am working on to promote St. Joseph. My email is: adpatrem@juno.com
God bless you!
Fr. Calloway

Marion
Marion

January 31, 2019

I admire St.Joseph for his love and protection of his family.
Marion

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