Posted by: fvbcdm | March 19, 2012

Solemnity of Saint Joseph (19 Mar 2012)

This Monday is the solemnity of Saint Joseph, the foster-father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the husband of our Blessed Mother. And with this in mind, I would like to read to you a poem by Katherine Tynan called “The Man of the House.”

Joseph, honoured from sea to sea,

this is your name that pleases me, “Man of the House.”



I see you rise at the dawn and light

the fire and blow till the flame is bright.



I see you take the pitcher and carry

the deep well-water for Jesus and Mary.


You knead the corn for the bread so fine 

Gather the grapes from the hanging vine,


There are little feet that are soft and slow

Follow you whithersoever you go.


There’s a little face at your workshop door

A little one sits down on your floor.


Holds his hands for the shavings curled,

the soft little hands that have made the world.


Mary calls you: the meal is ready;

You swing the Child to your shoulder steady.


I see your quiet smile as you sit

And watch the little Son thrive and eat.


The vine curls by the window space,

The wings of angels cover the face.


Up in the rafters, polished and olden,

There’s a Dove that broods and his wings are golden.


You who kept them through shine and storm

A staff, a shelter kindly and warm.


Father of Jesus, husband of Mary,

Hold us your lilies for sanctuary.


Joseph, honoured from sea to sea,

Guard me mine and my own roof-tree.


Man of the House. 

Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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