Saint Study Podcast
Podcast # 116
- Hello everyone and
welcome to Saint Study Episode #116 – “St. Joseph - Spouse of the
Blessed Virgin Mary and foster-father of Our Lord Jesus Christ”
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the program we will say, “I didn’t know that” (But now I do!)
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having led a life of great charity & heroic virtue. Their example of
how to conquer any sin imaginable is so important that it was worth
recognizing these men & women in a significant way. Anyone
(canonized or not) whose soul was cleansed in Purgatory and now
resides in Heaven is a Saint. It is every Christian’s goal to become
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learning by inviting the Holy Spirit to be with us…
- In the Name Of
The Father, Son & Holy Spirit. Amen.
- Dear Heavenly
Father we ask you to be with us as we learn about the lives of your
Saints. We ask that our minds be open and that you may fill us with
the knowledge that was so loved by the men and women who lived lives
of heroic virtue and great charity. Allow us to understand and
emulate these Saints who we now know are in your company. In your
name we pray, Amen.
- Let’s look at
The Saint for this weeks study - St. Joseph…
- The chief sources of
information on the life of St. Joseph are St. Luke & St. Matthew’s
- Much of St. Joseph’s
life (Like others in early church history) is unknown
- St. Matthew (1:16)
calls St. Joseph the son of Jacob
- St. Luke (3:23),
Tells us that Heli was St. Joseph’s father.
- Bethlehem appears to
have been the birth-place of Joseph.
- Gospel history opens
shortly before the Annunciation where Joseph was settled at Nazareth
- Joseph was a
tekton, The word means both mechanic in general and carpenter in
- see Matthew 13:55,
and Mark 6:3.
- It is in all
probability at Nazareth that Joseph betrothed and married her who
was to become the Mother of God.
- When the marriage
took place either before or after the Incarnation is unclear
- I suspect if it was
that important The Lord would have revealed it to us.
- When Joseph was
forty years of age he married a woman called Melcha or Escha or
- They lived
forty-nine years together and had six children, two daughters and
- A year after his
wife's death, as the priests announced through Judea that they
wished to find in the tribe of Juda a respectable man to espouse
Mary, then twelve to fourteen years of age
- Joseph was at the
time ninety years old
- He went up to
Jerusalem amid the candidates for Mary’s hand
- Many artistic works
and oral traditions from the time support the belief that St. Joseph
was an old man at the time of marriage with the Mother of God
- …From (Matthew 1:19,
- But the faith of
Joseph in his soon to be spouse was severely tried: she was with
- However painful the
finding must have been for Joseph, his gentle approaches forbade him
to defame Mary and he resolved "to put her away privately”
- While he thought on
all these things the angel of the Lord appeared to him while he
- “Joseph, son of
David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is
conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost”
- Joseph did as the
angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife
- The Nativity and
the Flight to Egypt
- The time came for
Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem to be enrolled, according to
the decree issued by Caesar Augustus
- Travelling was a
new source of concern for Joseph
- "Her days were
accomplished, that she should be delivered"
- "There was no room
for them in the inn (Luke 2:1-7).
- St. Joseph had to
be wondering what more could happen
- Travelling with a
very pregnant wife
- The Birth of our
Savior in a small stable
- Having the Three
- The news of His
birth spread rapidly
- Now St. Joseph had
to flee with his family to Egypt (Thanks to another Angels advice)
- (Matthew 2:
13-14) When they had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord
appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and
his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod
is going to search for the child to destroy him."
- Returning To
After a few years & the death of Herod, The Holy Family settled finally
back in Nazareth.
Joseph's life was that of a simple and humble Jew
supported himself and his family by his work as a carpenter
Joseph remained faithful to the Jewish religious customs decreed by the
only significant incident documented by the Gospel is the temporary loss
of Jesus, then twelve years of old, when Jesus had strayed during the
annual pilgrimage to the Holy City (Luke 2:42-51).
- No more is recorded in
the Gospel about the life or death of St. Joseph.
- Jesus is well on his
way now to being a man
- St. Joseph likely died
around the year 18 or 19 A.D. but that is all speculation
- It is also speculated
that he was 111 years old when he died.
- St. Joseph has (2)
- March 20 his royalty
- May 1 his
recognition as a humble worker is observed
Canadian Armed Forces (in 1941)
Croatian people (in 1687 by decree of the Croatian
Oblates of Saint Joseph
People in doubt
People who fight Communism
Protection of the Church
Apostolic vicariate of San Jose, Mindoro, Philippines
sermon by Saint Bernardine of Siena
There is a general rule concerning
all special graces granted to any human being. Whenever the divine favor
chooses someone to receive a special grace, or to accept a lofty vocation,
God adorns the person chosen with all the gifts of the Spirit needed to
fulfill the task at hand.
This general rule is especially verified in the case of Saint Joseph, the
foster-father of our Lord, and the husband of the Queen of our world,
enthroned above the angels. He was chosen by the eternal Father as the
trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his
divine Son and Mary, Joseph's wife. He carried out this vocation with
complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying "Good and faithful
servant, enter into the joy of your Lord."
Remember us, Saint Joseph, and plead for us to your foster child. Ask your
most holy bride, the Virgin Mary, to look kindly upon us, since she is the
mother of him who with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns
- Conclusions –
Interesting notes about their life or sainthood
- I am humbled by St.
Joseph’s ability to respond immediately to our Lords requests even
though they don’t make sense to him at the time.
- St. Joseph shows us
how to have faith and that the rewards are worth the struggle.
- St. Joseph was invoked
frequently by Saint Teresa of Avila. (One of the 33 Doctors of the
- I did not cover St.
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