Actions Speak Louder Than Words

I take a ton of comfort knowing St. Joseph was a stepfather, too.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think I measure up in any way, shape, or form. But I do look to him as an example.

Today, March 19, is the Feast of St. Joseph. It’s a Solemnity in the Catholic Church. As a day of solemnity, we’re excused from our Lenten observances so we can celebrate him.

Here’s what I have to say about the feast and the life of St. Joseph.



Thanks for taking some of your precious time today to read and listen to my thoughts. My commitment during Lent 2016 is to post a daily video reflection to help you and me on our walk through the season and toward Easter Sunday. I will also explore other matters of faith and also health and fitness to keep us fit for the journey. Click here for my YouTube channel:

I appreciate your help and encouragement. Please let me know how I can help you. This is something I’ve been called to do for some time. I’m finally embracing it. Father, forgive me for procrastinating.

2 Responses to Actions Speak Louder Than Words

  1. I never think about Joseph so this was good to hear. However, Dave, quit saying “holy mackerel.” Or, are you using it as a Catholic thing? I know some Catholics are referring to Mary and the practice of eating fish on Friday. ??????????? I wouldn’t say it for awhile. Just me, it is ok once in awhile but it can be a distraction from the cool message you just shared.

    Joseph obviously died before Mary or John wouldn’t have had to taken care of her. How did Joseph die?

    Darryl Jan Porter


    • Not sure how he died, Darryl Jan. I read an account today that said he died of natural causes, but I don’t know on what authority that was written.

      Sorry about the “holy mackerel” thing. It’s a nervous twitch, probably. Just like an “um” or an “ahh.” One of my all-time favorite baseball announcers, Vince Lloyd, used that expression a lot. I’m sure that’s where I picked it up. I started listening to him in the 1960s, so it’s pretty close to a life-long habit.


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