In an age where manliness is objected and detracted and man has forgotten how to be a real man our society is in dire need of a real man. Yes, that boisterous, industrious, adventurous, let’s go, make it happen, take-charge type of men. Throughout the history of salvation, there have been many models of true manhood, some of them less perfect than others but all of them obedient and docile to the will of God. That is what true manhood really is: to fulfill the vocation that God has placed in your heart and become a Saint in the process.
One of the great models for sainthood that we find in the bible is the humility and obedience shown by St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. Although there is relatively very little recorded about St. Joseph in the Gospels, we know that he was a righteous man (Matthew 1:19) and that every single time he submitted his whole life to the will of God: take a pregnant teenager as your wife, checked; abandon the place of your youth and emigrate to a foreign country, checked; start all over again by returning the holy family to the promise land, checked; protect the Word incarnate and teach him about God’s commandments and human labor, checked; all in true humility and obedience. What a man’s man!
Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of this great Saint. Patron of the Universal Church and in his honor I would like to ask you to pray for another man who is about to start a great journey in the service of God and his Church by entering the seminary to become a priest next fall. His name is Richard Sullivan and he is an amazing young man who like St. Joseph is saying an unconditional yes to the Lord. Pleas visit his blog Age of Discernment and discover in his writing a great love for Jesus, a great love for Mary and great love for the body of Christ through extraordinary love in ordinary things:
I hope you keep him in your prayers and take a look at his many posts that are full of whimsical observations about life and deep love for NorbertinesJesus.
Help him get to seminary:
St. Joseph, patron saint of the Universal Church pray for us!
It was 6:35 in the evening, on the Twenty-Seventh of January when my phone buzzed. The alert indicated that I had a new voice-mail, though it was strange that my phone didn’t ring, despite having full cell. (Perhaps it’s because my phone has been trying to die for the past year. The other day, my co-worker actually called it a “dinosaur.”)
I was in the middle of another Scrubs episode, and had not been expecting a call. That’s when I picked up my phone and saw who the message was from. My stomach instantly became a pit of knots, I held my breath, and I felt my skin turn clammy. I stared at the screen, not sure if I actually wanted to click the alert; but I figured there was no better time, considering my otherwise relaxing evening. I pressed play and held the phone to my ear:
“Hello, Richard! This is Father…
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