Monday, March 19, 2012
Today is the feast of one of my favorite saints, St. Joseph. As I posted earlier, every Wednesday, I pray what a friend dubbed "9-1-1 Prayers to St. Joseph," and they have brought many blessings to my family.
St. Joseph recently answered a fervent prayer through his intercession in a very big way, so I felt compelled to buy a new statue in his honor. When I brought this up to my non-Catholic husband, he remarked that he's not a huge fan of saint statues. I asked if maybe a painting would be a better idea, and he agreed he would be in favor of that. I've been searching high and low for a painting that would appeal to my family and have come up rather empty-handed. I am not a fan of the "ancient old man" representation of St. Joseph so often found in art these days nor do I like the rather saccharine images of a younger St. Joseph I've found in Catholic bookstores.
I finally came across the image above of St. Joseph and a teenage (?) Jesus on Facebook and found it very compelling. The scene somehow reminds me of my own husband and teenage son working together. Unfortunately, I can't find out the name of the painting or the artist despite searching all over the internet. If anyone knows, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Posted by Peggy Bowes at 2:48 PM