Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Feast of St. Joseph

Our very first rose of the year.
We offered it to St. Joseph...
in an empty bottle of chianti!
Our Cream Puff Cake was delicious or so they told me (not eating dairy right now). We shared it with our neighbor, Miss Anne, who lives across from us with her adult daughter who is profoundly deaf and her son-in-law who can hear a little with his hearing aids. They are delightful people, always smiling and waving at us. When I showed up with the cream puff cake, Miss Anne told us it was her birthday! We had no idea when we thought to share our treat with them. We knew they were Catholic and might like to celebrate the Solemnity with us. Next year, we will make it intentional!

Husband finally made it home around noon and promptly collapsed! The girls put together our little altar. We didn't have a chance to go shopping for traditional foods so they raided my pantry and pulled out some items to donate. We should get a chance to add to it before we make our donation.

Happy Feast of Saint Joseph! Hope you were all so very blessed.

If you made a St. Joseph's Altar, big or small, link up over at the Virtual St. Joseph Altar Blog!

Passed along by a priestly friend:
But when one searches for the reasons why Christian art should have pictured Joseph as aged, we discover that it was in order to better safeguard the virginity of Mary. Somehow, the assumption had crept in that senility was a better protector of virginity than adolescence. Art thus unconsciously made Joseph a spouse chaste and pure by age rather than virtue...

To make Joseph appear pure only because his flesh had aged is like glorifying a mountain stream that has dried.... Joseph was probably a young man, strong, virile, athletic, handsome, chaste, and disciplined; the kind of man one sees sometimes shepherding sheep, or piloting a plane, or working at a carpenter's bench.

Instead of being a man incapable of love, he must have been on fire with love.... Instead, then, of being dried fruit to be served on the table of the king, he was rather a blossom filled with promise and power. He was not in the evening of life, but in its morning, bubbling over with energy, strength, and controlled passion.

— Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen


  1. The rose is beautiful!! What perfect timing for it to bloom. And the girls did such a great job putting together the altar.

  2. It's lovely, Charlotte! And your rose is amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  3. That's a gorgeous white rose! So meaningful that you gave it to St. Joseph on his feast day. You have a wonderful devotion to him. Your girls did a great job on creating the altar.


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