St. Joseph: Mary’s Husband, Jesus’s Stepdad

St. Joseph Husband of Mary

March 19 is the feast day of St. Joseph, husband of Mary and adoptive father of Jesus.  In Italy, the feast is marked by celebrations and food—lots and lots of food!But what do we know about this gentle man who was entrusted with the care of the Son of God?Not much. We know a little about him from the Gospel of Matthew and that of Luke.He was just, yet compassionate. When, during the period of his betrothal to Mary, he discovered her to be pregnant, he did not want her to face hum … [Read more...]

Blogging Bishops: Faith in the Digital Areopagus

The Areopagus - on the hillside near Athens

In ancient Greece, the“areopagus” was the meeting point, the arena where intellectuals and philosophers gathered for discussion and debate.  The great high court of Athens, it was said that the god Ares was tried at the areopagus for the death of Poseidon’s son Alirrothios.  Like the “town square” of colonial America, the areopagus was the place where announcements were made, where ideas were debated, where criminal and civil cases were decided.The Apostle Paul spoke to the leaders i … [Read more...]