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St. Joseph

St. Joseph is honored with feast days throughout the Liturgical Year.  This feast encourages us to look at Joseph's role as husband and head of the Holy Family.Most of what we know about the life of St. Joseph comes to us from Scripture and legends that have sprung up regarding his life. Though Joseph is only mentioned by two of the evangelists, he is paid the compliment of being a "just" man. This is a way of saying that Joseph was such a good and holy man that he shares in God's own holiness. In addition, Joseph gives us an example of how to be a just spouse and how to have holy relationships.Joseph's example as a husband can be best seen in how he respected Mary. He realized that God had a special plan for his wife and for his son, and Joseph did everything in his power to help this plan become reality. When Joseph was given chances to give up his vocation to the married life, by divorcing Mary or leaving her, he resisted the temptation and stayed by her side providing support and love.The feast of St. Joseph Husband of Mary has been celebrated throughout the church since the tenth century and has been honored as the Patron of the Universal Church since 1870. St. Joseph is the patron of workers, carpenters, Austria, Belgium, Bohemia, Canada, Mexico, Peru, and southern Vietnam.

Catholic Appeal Commitment Weekend

Hello and welcome! This Saturday, I was invited to give the keynote address at the regional Encuentro (Spanish for “Encounter”) held at Our Lady of La Salette Shrine in Attleboro. This gathering followed on the local and diocesan Encuentros that were held in the different dioceses throughout the region over the past few months including […]

ADL New England’s ‘A Nation of Immigrants’ Seder

Hello and welcome! As regular readers will remember, I was in Rome last week for meetings with the Holy Father and, on Friday, I left Rome to return to Boston. The flight went from Rome to Munich, where we were supposed to make a connection to Boston. However, when we got off the flight in […]

Snow in Rome

Hello and welcome! I have spent much of this past week in Rome for meetings with the Holy Father, but before I left, I was very happy to attend our annual vocation discernment retreats for men considering a vocation to the priesthood.   As in years past, there were two different “tracks,” if you will […]

The Rite of Election

Hello and welcome! This week we mourn the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, probably the best known evangelist of the last century, who spent his life preaching the message of the Gospel to millions of people all over the world. He, together with our own Bishop Fulton Sheen, was a pioneer in the use of […]

Praying for Parkland

Hello and welcome, As I begin this week’s post, our nation, the state of Florida and in particular the community of Parkland are shocked and stunned by the senseless and devastating gun violence at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday. We pray for the victims of the shootings: the students, teachers and school […]

Our Mass of Prayer and Penance

Hello and welcome! Last Thursday I was visited by Dr. John Haas of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. John is an outstanding layman who has made such an important contribution to the field of medical ethics in the United States.His organization is giving outstanding service to dioceses, Catholic hospitals and other institutions. We are very, […]

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

Hello and welcome! Of course, here in Boston there is growing excitement that the Super Bowl Sunday matchup featuring the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles is approaching. In anticipation of the big game, my old friend and classmate Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has challenged me to a friendly wager. He has promised me […]

60 years of the St. James Society

Hello and welcome! Following the March for Life last Friday, I departed for Lima, Peru to take part in the celebrations around the 60th anniversary of the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle (commonly called the St. James Society). The anniversary celebrations, which were scheduled months ago, also coincided with the visit of the […]

Marching for life

Hello and welcome! This past weekend, I traveled to New York City to take part in a conference sponsored by Communion and Liberation, known as the New York Encounter. This annual gathering, in many ways, reflects the annual meeting held by Communion and Liberation in Rimini, Italy called “Il Meeting” where over one million people […]