Saturday, March 19, 2005

Good Ole St. Joe

Celebrate! Today is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin and foster father of Christ. St. Joseph is one of the coolest saints around. Check out more about him. Since he is so important to the Church, today you can break your Lenten fast in celebration of this great saint. He is a great role model for all men - young or old, married or single - and his faithfulness and devotion in heading the Holy Family is a witness to the whole Church and all families.

St. Joseph is the patron of Italy (in addition to many other things). One of the traditions that came out of this patronage is the St. Joseph's Altar. I grew up seeing and participating in these altars and when I came to Maryland, I was shocked to find out that in the United States, the only place they're really held is in the New Orleans area.