In the course of that pilgrimage of faith which was his life, Joseph, like Mary, remained faithful to God’s call until the end. While Mary’s life was the bringing to fullness of that fiat first spoken at the Annunciation, at the moment of Joseph’s own “annunciation” he said nothing; instead he simply “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Mt 1:24). And this first “doing” became the beginning of “Joseph’s way.” The Gospels do not record any word ever spoken by Joseph along that way. But the silence of Joseph has its own special eloquence, for thanks to that silence we can understand the truth of the Gospel’s judgment that he was “a just man” (Mt 1:19).
One must come to understand this truth, for it contains one of the most important testimonies concerning man and his vocation. Through many generations the Church has read this testimony with ever greater attention and with deeper understanding, drawing, as it were, “what is new and what is old” (Mt 13:52) from the storehouse of the noble figure of Joseph.
Redemptoris Custos (“Guardian of the Redeemer”) by Bl. John Paul II.
Joseph’s Way – my reflections on St Joseph from 2011 at Patheos.
Salute to a Silent Saint – from the Marians at the Shrine of Divine Mercy
AW 160: In this Among Women podcast from the archives, I describe the obedience and faith of Joseph as it impacts the marriage of Joseph and Mary, drawing on the writings Blessed John Paul II in Redemptoris Custos, above.
Prayers to St Joseph – from St Joseph’s Shrine in Lowell, MA – one of my favorite places to hang out and pray. A nice little pilgrimage if you are ever in the area.
Finally, a video tour of St Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal.