Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker!
Devotion to St. Joseph is a healthy part of any Catholic spirituality.
There is an endearing article today on Vatican Insider about Pope Francis’ devotion to St. Joseph – read it here. I particularly enjoyed these words about committing prayer intentions to the saint, attributed to Pope Francis: “You know, you have to be patient with these carpenters: they tell you they’ll have a piece of furniture finished in a couple of weeks and it ends up taking a month even. But they get the job done and they do it well! You just need to be patient…”
When we pray to St. Joseph, we can even learn patience!
I would direct your attention also to these brief thoughts written by Pope Benedict XVI on St. Joseph and his silence. Benedict XVI’s baptismal name is Joseph, so today is a feast day for him. He has taken up, in large part, the silence of St. Joseph as his new form of life in retirement. Remember to say a prayer for him today!