My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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St. Joseph the Worker- a model for Catholic husbands and fathers

Today is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. 

This is a rather contemporary feast day. In 1955 Venerable Pope Pius XIIestablished this feast day specifically to counter the communists' International Workers' Day, also known as May Day.  The pope hoped that workers would look to St. Joseph's example as a husband and father as well as a skilled tradesman, for their inspiration and encouragement. 


This is one of my favorite pictures of the Holy Family. I like the "realness" of it - the blurry fatigued look on Mary's face with the fat and pink baby boy nursing at her breast. She has no thoughts of covering up or modesty because she's in her own home. I can certainly relate to that. When you are a tired new mama, modesty is the last thing on your mind. I can remember challenges with each of my children as I tried to get them to latch on and nurse correctly. When they did it correctly, I was so relieved! To be honest, it was easier to be a little exposed at home so that I could work with each baby to get our nursing partnership off to a good start. This picture reminds me of those days. 

But I also like St. Joseph in the background, doing his labor, hot and dirty but satisfying work that supports his family. I think it is very appropriate for today's feast, Joseph the Worker.

During pregnancy, childbirth and then nursing, Mr. Pete stepped in many times to fulfill his role as worker, but then also to allow me to fulfill my role as a mother. Even now after working hard all week at his business, he stripes the soccer fields, sets up goals and makes sure to see every one of Rosie's track meets, piano performances and art shows. 


He also takes care of our "fleet" of used cars so that our adult children can get to school or work. On top of all that, he sings with the church group and with another faith choir and teaches Sunday school. He is definitely mirroring what it means to be a Catholic father and husband. He is protecting and supporting our family.

I think that is why on the first day of May, a month where we honor Mary, we give a nod to St. Joseph. And that's as it should be. Joseph, blessed spouse and beloved foster father made it easier for Mary to fulfill her role as mother and homemaker. His work as a carpenter sustained the family.
Things to do!

What a wonderful feast in the liturgical year and a good day to remember the husbands and fathers in our own little domestic churches.

  • Tell Dad Thank you for all he does for the family.
  • Maybe Mom and the kids can do one of Dad's jobs today like taking down garbage or yard work. Noah is going to do some scraping outside so Dad won't have to do it.
  • Put up a statue of St. Joseph today and say a special prayer to him. 
  • St. Joseph
  • Light a candle in church or at home in honor of St. Joseph or do it digitally.
  • Read a book about St. Joseph! This is one of my favorite's by Father Lovasik. 

O glorious Patriarch, Saint Joseph, humble and just artisan of Nazareth, thou hast given to all Christians and particularly to us an example of a perfect life through diligent labor and admirable union with Jesus and Mary. Assist us in our daily work in order that we, Catholic artisans, may also see in it an effective means of glorifying God, of sanctifying ourselves, and of being a useful member in the society in which we live. These should be the highest ideals for all our actions. 
O dearest Protector, obtain for us from the Lord humility and simplicity of heart, love for our work and kindness towards our fellow-laborers; conformity to God's will in the unavoidable trials of this life together with joy in bearing them; recognition of our specific social mission and a sense of responsibility; the spirit and discipline of prayer; docility and respectfulness towards superiors; the spirit of brotherhood towards our equals; charity and indulgence with our dependents.
Accompany us in times of prosperity when the opportunity is given for an honest enjoyment of the fruits of our labors; sustain us in our hours of sadness, when Heaven seems to be shut in our regard, and even the very tools with which our hands toil appear to rebel against us.
Grant that, in imitation of thee, we may keep our eyes fixed on our Mother, Mary, thy dearest Spouse, who as she spun silently in a corner of thy shop would let the sweetest smile course over her lips. Besides, may we never take our eyes off Jesus, Who was busily occupied with thee at the carpenter’s bench, in order that we in like manner may lead on earth a peaceful and a holy life, a prelude to the life of eternal happiness that awaits us in Heaven forever and ever. +Amen.

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St Joseph the Worker
Father Lawrence OP via flickr, licensed cc

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