Laudato Si: Mary = Ora and…

Laudato Si: Mary = Ora and… July 7, 2015

St. Joseph = Labora:

242. At her side in the Holy Family of Nazareth, stands the figure of Saint Joseph. Through his work and generous presence, he cared for and defended Mary and Jesus, delivering them from the violence of the unjust by bringing them to Egypt. The Gospel presents Joseph as a just man, hard-working and strong. But he also shows great tenderness, which is not a mark of the weak but of those who are genuinely strong, fully aware of reality and ready to love and serve in humility. That is why he was proclaimed custodian of the universal Church. He too can teach us how to show care; he can inspire us to work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us.

You pray about taking care of creation.  Then you go do it.

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  • Thibaud313

    Unfortunately we lost a lot of good men to this encyclical. Pat Archbold, for instance, has definitely gone insane. Turns out re-stating traditional Catholic Social Doctrine (and the teaching of saint John-Paul II and Benedict XVI) is “Marxism” and proof you are part of a giant sodomite conspiracy.

    • Rebecca Fuentes

      That’s sad to hear. I stopped reading him a while ago because he always seemed to be breathing fire.

      • Marthe Lépine

        I just looked him up on Google and discovered that he has been fired by the National Catholic Register some time last March. I guess that his “fire and brimstone” writing finally got back to him… As a Catholic from Canada, I have often been shocked (or scandalized) by the opposition of some US very vocal conservative Catholics to many of their bishops, as well as to Church teaching they do not like, and now to Pope Francis, as if they had been “anointed” protectors of church correctness…

        • Jamesthelast

          I looked at his blog and it is very strange. He has an interview with some women who repeats the dumb “Pope Francis is a Marxist!” idea (also feeding the poor is something only Marx told us to do instead of Christ) and even goes as far as speculating that the Pope is an active homosexual. Really crazy actually.

    • Jamesthelast

      It’s crazy how people immediately call Pope Francis a Marxist when he literally condemns everything Marxism stands for.

  • Marthe Lépine

    There is a question I have wanted to ask for a long time about Saint Joseph. Why is it that we seldom see Saint Joseph being offered as a model husband and father? Growing up in Quebec in the 40’s and 50’s, I have often heard about Mary being the model of the perfect wife, and Saint Paul’s admonition to wives to be submitted to their husbands has been trotted out more often than not. But if Mary had been the kind of “submitted” wife that we had been brought to imagine, I would have thought that she would have asked for Joseph’s opinion before making a commitment that involved Joseph’s participation for the rest of his earthly life… The Gospel story does not suggest any time for that to have happened before Mary’s acceptance. From that point on, the Gospel only shows Joseph more or less in the background, doing what he is asked to do and apparently never expecting anything for himself. This seems to be a very long way from the behaviour of a large number of husbands, Catholic or not, who instead have been acting as if it was their wives who were supposed to care for them, and make all kinds of sacrifices to support their husband’s worldly ambitions. Wives, and women in general, have too often been considered as inferior beings, good only for menial tasks that would have been the lot of servants in more affluent households. (Am I correct in mentioning that, many centuries ago, disrespect for women went so far that the Church had to intervene and decree that women even had souls?) And personally, I would tend to think that those large families of centuries past were not so much the result of an openness to life, but more likely the consequences of men’s sense of entitlement… Early feminists were struggling for things as basic as the right to vote for women, and this is only one example. Although they are being reviled by most conservatives, feminists did have some good points, although many of them eventually went too far in the opposite direction.

    • D.T. McCameron

      “(Am I correct in mentioning that, many centuries ago, disrespect for women went so far that the Church had to intervene and decree that women even had souls?)”

      Strictly speaking, no. The matter, as I understood it, was the result of a bit of satire that’d got out-of-hand, sort of like an Onion article that gets mistaken for genuine news.

    • wineinthewater

      I think social context may be an issue. I often see St. Joseph held up as a model husband and father. His trust in God and utter selflessness in allowing Jesus and Mary to become the gravitational center of his life has often been held up as an ideal example. Even when it seemed Mary had wronged him (she was “found with child” after all and it wasn’t him) he did not seek revenge but sought to remedy the situation with maximum mercy.

      Personally, I think that Paul’s charge for husbands is far more challenging than his charge for wives. Women just have to submit (something Paul also tells husbands to do elsewhere so it is a symmetrical submission) men have to be willing to die for their wives with as much self-sacrifice as Jesus showed for the Church. Paul lets women off easy. 😉

    • antigon

      Marthe, just per accidens here, am not at all sure your premises are true. Maybe your circles are larger, but where I’ve traveled, S. Joseph has always been considered the model for us men, however short we fall of his example, even as possible the occasional woman falls short of his wife’s.
      And if the insecurity of men has sought to pretend women are inferior, that can only be because they have forgotten who stood with Christ when He was dying over against the great courage of all the men at that hour (even S. John, one fears, was but dragged there by his betters).
      Nor, as Laudato seems to suggest, is there really such a thing as a menial task, tho arguably a constant of both your sex & mine, is the unhappy satisfaction that comes in complaining that if only one’s companions weren’t so foul, then all would be well.