During Lent the Church encourages us to do spiritual reading, primarily the Bible, but there are many other resources. As we begin March, the month when we give particular honor to Saint Joseph, I would recommend to you Patris Corde proclaimed by Pope Francis on December 8, 2020, the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of Saint Joseph as patron of the universal Church. Every paragraph gives hope, creative ways to imitate this “just man,” and bring us closer to Joseph and his Holy Family. I assure you that you will be amazed at how much can be said about Joseph, who is called “the Silent,” for Scripture records none of his words. But Joseph’s actions tell volumes about his tenderness, courage, and fidelity to God’s will.

Saint Joseph, foster father of the Son of God, pray for us.

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