View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

St. Joseph and me

Moneybags ( has a Saints for the Year project going. I requested a saint, and got this response.

“Thank you for asking for a special patron saint for 2006 on my blog. A name was randomly drawn for you and the saint that chose you is St. Joseph! Congrats!

”Please just let me know that you receive this message and please let me know of any connections between St. Joseph and you.”

Wow. St. Joseph. I’ve always had a special affection for him. A dedicated father, a craftsman, a supportive husband, a man of faith.

A worthy role model.

Joseph was my brother’s middle name, so in tribute to him and to the saint, when I was confirmed many decades ago I chose the name Joseph.

Lee Francis Joseph Strong.

I’m pleased.

Sadly, my first marriage also led me to experience another series of connections to St. Joseph.

Living with the sense that no matter how much he loved his wife, her heart and mind belonged to Someone Else.

And given his wife’s “nature,” deprived of certain, um, marital benefits.

Yet willing to live with it all for the sake of the family.

I looked to him during those years as a model, though I fell short of his example.

Well, he was a saint!

So yes, St. Joseph and I do have some connections.

Thank you. I’m going to enjoy renewing my relationship with him this year.


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