Celebrating St. Joseph, Our Perfect Guide

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Statue of St. Joseph in Holy Family Chapel at the motherhouse.

Joseph, Our Perfect Guide

Sunday, March 19 is St. Joseph's Day, our patron.

by Sister Rita Marie Schmitz, Province Leadership

Scripture tells us that Joseph was a just man. He certainly had a discerning heart—he listened (even to his dreams), he questioned, he had deep faith and he trusted. Joseph brought a loving presence to everyone. If you haven’t looked at a statue of Joseph recently, I invite you to do so—let Joseph speak to your heart. Joseph was simple in the best since of that word. His life remained focused and uncluttered. Couldn’t we all take a lesson from that?

For me, Joseph is such a model—he found himself in a lot of messes. I can identify with that and I’m sure most of you can, too. He took one step at a time; he relied on God to lead the way; he was gentle and loving.

A few years ago at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, where Sister Pat Flavin taught, several of us had the privilege of celebrating with 275 dads who shared St. Joseph as their model. For them, Joseph modeled being a loving father, devoted spouse, caregiver, one who reverenced work and the manner in which he did it.

Joseph was strong in the face of adversity. He didn’t hold grudges. He was a man of hope. He provided hospitality and spoke through is actions rather than with words.

When we began our term in leadership, the sisters at Nazareth Living Center gifted us with a statue of Joseph on the Journey. He is displayed on my bookshelf as a constant reminder that we are all on a journey, we are each strengthened by walking this journey together, and Joseph is the perfect guide.

How could we have been named anything other than Sisters of St. Joseph? Joseph embodied our charism so well.

I pray that we remain faithful and hope-filled like Joseph, always reaching out to one another and the dear neighbor in a gentle, loving manner.

Posted 3/14/17

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