7 Quick Takes: St.Joseph’s Day Edition

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s day, a day when everyone is Irish. There will be parties and parades, and all things green. With all this hoopla surrounding St. Patrick’s day, St. Joseph often gets overshadowed. (His feast day is on Monday, the 19th.) But St. Joseph should get the recognition he deserves, and I’m not just saying thing because St. Joseph is one of my all-time favorite saints. 🙂 His prayers are powerful, and I know this from experience.

As many of you know, over the past 7 weeks I’ve been praying the 7 Sundays Devotion to St. Joseph in preparation for his feast day. The crux of this devotion is honoring the seven joys and sorrows of St. Joseph, which are similar to the Seven Sorrows of Mary. In order to help you prepare spiritually for St. Joseph’s feast day, I am going to use today’s 7 Quick Takes to share those seven joys and sorrows of St. Joseph.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he decided to leave the Blessed Virgin Mary; his joy when he learns of the incarnation through angel in his dream.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he saw the Lord Jesus is born in poverty; his joy when the angels pronounces Jesus’ birth.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow When Jesus’ blood was shed in circumcision; his joy in giving the name of Jesus.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow at the prophecy of Simeon; his joy at the many who will be saved through the suffering of Jesus.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he had to flee with to Egypt under the cover of night; his joy in always being with Mary and Jesus.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he feared returning to his home; his joy when he is directed by the angel to go to Nazareth.

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St. Joseph’s sorrow when he loses Jesus; his joy when he finds Jesus in the temple.

Do try and takes some time to pray over these sometime over the weekend (or on his feast day on Monday). There may not be a lot known about him, but even in St. Joseph’s silence we can learn much about the spiritual life.

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  1. I love St. Joseph. I wonder how many people know that he was present with Mary at the miracle of Fatima. I didn’t until I read some more of Sister Lucy’s books concerning the apparitions. I think Mary said something like, “Wherever I am, he is near.” Makes sense to me. We are blessed to have him as the patron of the universal Church.
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    • SimpleCatholic says

      I don’t think too many people know that. I read it in a book,too, a long time ago. I agree that it makes sense,I couldn’t imagine him anywhere else than near Mary and Jesus!

  2. Happy Feast Day of St. Joseph (one day early)! We just came back from our church’s procession around the neighborhood. We were praying The Litany to St. Joseph with a beautiful picture of St. Joseph and Jesus being carried out front. We then, went and had an enormous Italian feast at the Table of St. Joseph! It was so good!!
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  3. Woot, Woot! I was looking over my schedule for this week, trying to find a spot to go to Adoration and Daily Mass. Tomorrow works out wonderfully for me – and then it hit me. OF COURSE I’m going to Mass tomorrow, for the feast day of our wonderful St Joseph. He is such a quiet example of husbandry, fatherhood, workmanship and so much more.

    • SimpleCatholic says

      I’m so glad you made it to mass yesterday. I had planned to go, but discovered I needed to take my mid-term exam. I believe that St. Joseph knew my heart and desire to honor him at mass, even though I couldn’t go. 🙂

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