We have precious few facts about Saint Joseph, the step father of Jesus. There are just a few references in the infancy narratives of the Gospels. We hear about the significance of his dreams. They reveal that God spoke to him in ways that many people don’t think about.

How many of us remember or understand our nighttime dreams? We hear that he was a just man. The public ministry of Jesus reveals a man who learned a great deal in childhood about people and compassion and justice. Mary and Joseph clearly played a major role. Parents are the primary formators for all of us. Jesus had wonderful parents!

Pope Francis has released another apostolic letter. Patris Corde was released on December 8, 2020. It commemorates the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as a patron of the universal Church. Francis writes of how Joseph loved Jesus with a father’s heart (Patris Corde) and how prominent his name has been in papal documents. It was Pope Pius IX  who proclaimed Joseph as patron of the Church in December 1870.

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