An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Feast of St. Joseph: Celebrating Quietly

Today is the Feast Day of St. Joseph.

I have always had a special place in my heart for Joseph, and several years ago we began celebrating St. Joseph's Feast Day in grand style: lots of people, all the parish priests, piles and piles of food, the traditional story of the fava bean, Italian music, bocce in the backyard, and kids running around everywhere. Definitely my kind of party.

But this year, due to home improvements and various projects, I made the decision early on not to host a big party. My heart wanted to, and I even started planning a massive menu, but common sense prevailed. I just couldn't do it.

So today I am feeling a little sad. I miss my party.

We'll still celebrate, though: the meatless meal, the sprinkling of breadcrumbs to symbolize the sawdust of a carpenter, the fava bean, and the traditional reading of the history behind this feast day, but it will be on a much smaller scale (just us).

But next year ... oh, next year I have plans.

The Silence of St. Joseph
The silence of Saint Joseph is given a special emphasis. His silence is steeped in contemplation of the mystery of God in an attitude of total availability to divine desires. It is a silence thanks to which Joseph, in unison with Mary, watches over the Word of God, known through the Sacred Scriptures, continuously comparing it with the events of the life of Jesus; a silence woven of constant prayer, a prayer of blessing of the Lord, of the adoration of His holy will and of unreserved entrustment to his providence. It is no exaggeration to think that it was precisely from his "father" Joseph that Jesus learned -- at the human level -- that steadfast interiority which is a presupposition of authentic justice.... Let us allow ourselves to be "filled" with Saint Joseph's silence! In a world that is often too noisy, that encourages neither recollection nor listening to God's voice.
~Pope Benedict XVI
Angelus, December 18, 2005


Beth (A Mom's Life) said...

My kids celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph at school today. Their principal is a Sister of St. Joseph. The school presented her with a beautiful statue of Joseph.

Here's to next year and your big plans!

tiziana said...

Penso che sia bellissmo celebrare S. Giuseppe anche nella semplicità della propria famiglia!
In Italia oggi è la festa del papà!
Buona festa di S. Giuseppe.