Today's episode is a 30-minute mini-retreat meditation on Saint Joseph, foster-father of Jesus Christ and foster spiritual father of all us baptized into the Mystical Body of Christ.
St. Joseph has many beautiful titles sprung from the tradition of the Church, one of which can be said of no other human being: "Savior of the Savior." This does not mean that Joseph atoned for Jesus' sins as Jesus atones for ours. (We know that Jesus was without sin.) Rather, it refers to the very real protection St. Joseph lovingly and faithfully rendered to Jesus from the earliest moments of his life in the womb, throughout perilous journeys, and even reaching into the future to Christ's death on Calvary. In His Passion, Jesus displayed incredible forbearance, endurance, meekness, courage, and love--all virtues which were certainly inculcated in him by St. Joseph and were, no doubt, modeled after his earthly father's own virtues. "Like father like son" is an adage that can be applied to the human rearing and raising of the Savior of the world. For this reason, we ought to be grateful to St. Joseph for his faithfulness to grace in carrying out the mission given to him by the Triune God to care for and protect his foster son Jesus so that we might all be saved.
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PCSJ's Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Tuggle, is a vowed and consecrated Pauline living the spirituality and apostolic outreach of St. Paul in the married state according to the Statute of the Holy Family Institute, one of the branches of the Pauline Family founded by Blessed James Alberione, SSP. Lisa holds a B.A. in Great Books from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University. After 20+ years in the performing arts and 10 years as a youth minister and Director of Religious Education, she is dedicating the "second half" of her life to global catechesis initiatives while enjoying family, friends, and a simple life of prayer.