St. Joseph

St. Joseph

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“Scripture does not report a single word of his. Silence is the father of the Word” (Paul Claudel from the Book St. Joseph by Louise Perrotta .

One thing I thought was cool when I became Catholic was that I got to pick a patron saint. Someone I could identify with and look to as an example, someone to emulate. Well…instead of picking one patron saint, I decided that I wanted to pick two. 

So, I picked Joseph, Husband of Mary and Barnabas, who is mentioned in the book of Acts and was a companion of Paul. 

The reason I picked St. Joseph was because I wanted to be a good father, and Joseph was the earthly father of Jesus, so I figured he was a pretty good guy.

My reason for picking Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”) was because I had been called “a Barnabas” on two separate occasions by two different women, and I wanted to encourage others. 

Imagine my surprise when I was reading in the book of Acts a few years ago when I read, “Thus Joseph, also named by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the apostles” (Acts 4:36-37). 

Barnabas’ real name was Joseph!

I had two patron saints with the same name! 

Do you have a patron saint?

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Former farmer, now college instructor
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