Happy Solemnity of St. Joseph! I like St. Joseph so much that I actually memorized everything he said in the Bible. Though I am sure my readers if they put their mind to it could accomplish the same thing. I also did the almost unheard of thing of taking the confirmation name of Joseph. Well at least it was unheard of prior to the 14th century. Sandra Miesel had an excellent article a few years back on the history of the slow rise of devotion to St. Joseph. Though considering all of the upside down statues of St. Joseph’s buried in yards
he might have been happier to remain more obscure.
Here are two fairly short Apostolic Exhortations that make for good reading today.
Quamquam Pluries on Devotion to St. Joseph by Pope Leo XIII. (Quamquam Pluries would make a great name for a band)
Redemptoris Custos On the Person and Mission of Saint Joseph in the Life of Christ and of the Church by Pope John Paul II