St. Joseph was a worker, strong, capable but spiritual enough to see and hear messages from God. He was courageous enough act on those commands even though they went against all common sense.
His young betrothed pregnant yet a virgin?
A move to Egypt, the place of slavery in the minds of the Jews?
How many of us could obey such ludicrous messages?
Modern artists reject sappy images of St. Joseph, choosing to capture a strong, loving man but supported by divine strength. He was a man married to a beautiful girl, yet he remained celibate even though celibacy was not a virtue to the Jewish people
Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.
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3 thoughts on “Modern Artists Capture the Strength of St. Joseph”
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I hadn’t thought about the strangeness of Saint Joseph doing a move with his family to Egypt until you mentioned it! God certainly works in strange yet amazing ways, indeed… 😀
This is a really interesting blog about amazing sculpture. Are you aware of Fairfield University’s sculpture of St. Ignatius? Its highly original in concept. I saw it on Jesuitsculpture.com
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I just looked it up now and it IS amazing. Love it.