Pope Francis has written an Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde – With a Father’s Heart, to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Proclamation of Saint Joseph as Patron of the Universal Church. In this letter Pope Francis reminds us that the Covid-19 crisis has allowed us to experience “how our lives are woven together and sustained by ordinary people, people often overlooked.” He points to the fact that in this moment these are the people who are “surely shaping the decisive events of our history.”
He goes on to say that “each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble.”
Pope Francis has proclaimed the ‘Year of Saint Joseph’ to run until 8 December 2021 in the hope that we might be able to increase our love for this great saint, be encouraged to seek his intercession and to imitate his virtues and zeal.
Over the course of this year, we will provide resources for you to dive deeper into the life of Saint Joseph to honour this year. Some initial tools are provided below.
Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all.
Refugee King – An ode to the Holy Family
“To protect Jesus from Herod, Joseph dwelt as a foreigner in Egypt (Mt 2:13-18)”. Listen to this song that honours this particular part of the story of the Holy Family.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference have made similar resources avaliable on their website here. Included are monthly reflections about various aspects of St Joseph’s life & character.