The Just Man


The Bible describes St. Joseph thus. Here's what Therese of Lisieux had to say:

I have never known anyone who was truly devoted to him and honoured him by particular services who did not advance greatly in virtue: for he helps in a special way those souls who commend themselves to him. It is now very many years since I began asking him for something on his feast, and I have always received it. If the petition was in any way amiss, he rectified it for my greater good . . .

I ask for the love of God that he who does not believe me will make the trial for himself; then he will find out by experience the great good that results from commending oneself to this glorious Patriarch and in being devoted to him."

--From her Autobiography, VI, 11-12

Traditional dessert today: zeppole with orange peel and pistachios. No offense intended, you Irish, but St. Joseph's Table (see traditional versions here) beats corned beef and cabbage in my book.