The Word Among Us

Advent 2021 Issue

St. Joseph, the Holy Family, and Us

Are You in This Picture?

By: Louise Perrotta

St. Joseph, the Holy Family, and Us: Are You in This Picture? by Louise Perrotta

Every now and then, because of sickness or scheduling issues in his young family, my friend Jim would attend the Sunday liturgy by himself instead of with his wife and kids. “It feels strange to be here alone,” he’d say whenever he came solo. It seemed strange to me too. Though I appreciated Jim in his own right, I was used to seeing him in context, with his family members.

Jim’s remark is on my mind as I think about St. Joseph in this season of Advent. The special “year” that Pope Francis dedicated...


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