As we toil through Lent “running the race” that St. Paul exorts us to, we are offered two bright moments to reflect on important saints in the Church.
The first, isn't actually an official feast day on the current Roman calendar. Poor St. Patrick is relegated to a yearly dispute over whether it is permissible to eat corned beef on a Friday if your bishop doesn't offer a dispensation. Fortunately, this year St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday (March 17th) and may be celebrated, if not liturgically, at least in the domestic church.
A bit of St. Patrick Trivia:
He was actually Scottish but was kidnapped by Irish raiders and worked as a shepherd before escaping Ireland several years later.
The second saint follows closely after. St. Joseph – the greatest saint who is not quoted once in the Bible – serves as a beacon of model fatherhood in his quiet obedience to God and unwavering concern for his family. His feast is celebrated by the whole Church on March 19th.
What emanates from the figure of Saint Joseph is faith. Joseph of Nazareth is a “just man” because he totally “lives by faith.” He is holy because his faith is truly heroic. Sacred Scripture says little of him. It does not record even one word spoken by Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth.
And yet, even without words, he shows the depth of his faith, his greatness. . . He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God.