Thursday, September 22, 2016

366 Project - Day 266 - "Abstract (Joseph)"

September 22, 2016 - "Abstract (Joseph)"

I've always felt a strong connection with St. Joseph. I was born at St. Joseph's Hospital... and growing up I always found statues and images of St. Joseph to be fascinating. When I made my Confirmation I took the name "Joseph" in his honor... and prayed for him to guide me as a husband and as a father. When I go to Mass I always prefer to sit on the "St. Joseph side" of the church, unless I have no choice or I am serving as Lector, in which case I have to sit on the opposite side in order to be close to the Ambo/Lectern.

I pray to St. Joseph every day... asking for his intercession and guidance that I might live by his example as a husband and father... as a man... as a follower of Christ and a servant of God.

Today - just an hour or so after having been talking about needing guidance and being a better parent - I came home to find a box containing an absolutely wonderful and perfectly-timed gift: an incredibly beautiful statue of my patron saint, St. Joseph... an early birthday present from my amazing sister-in-law and nieces. I was in tears as I stood there holding the statue.

I immediately placed the statue on my prayer altar... blessed it... and prayed the Litany of St. Joseph and several other prayers to him as well. Then I took this photo - which is just a small portion of the flowing robes - but turned sideways, just because it caught my eye that way.

To my sister-in-law Angel and my nieces Frannie, Jessica and Liliana: THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! I absolutely LOVE this gift... though not as much as I love and miss all of you!

St. Joseph, pray for us!

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