Little is known about the life of St. Joseph. Back in the 1st century, there were no paparazzi to spy on the daily activities of all of Jesus’ family members. But the basic facts are impressive enough: a simple Jewish carpenter, a “righteous man,” appointed with the responsibility of raising God’s own Son.
While we may often reflect on the virtues of the Virgin Mary, we seldom reflect on her mother, St. Anne, except during the upcoming Feast of the Immaculate Conception. It must have been quite special to raise a sinless little girl. Surely St. Anne gave Mary a loving home, where she in turn learned to provide a nurturing home to her child, the Son of God.
Jonas was only five when he came to Amenacer, a home for street kids in Bolivia. Now age eleven, he recently celebrated his First Communion. He said, “Amenacer has taught me to believe in one God who is the Father of all, and in His Son Jesus who makes us free.