St. Joseph’s example as an antidote to the crisis of masculinity

As incredible as it seems, we know next to nothing about St. Joseph, arguably the most important influence in Jesus’s human life after Mary, his mother.

We know that his family came from the town of Bethlehem and was descended from the family of David … that he was engaged to a young woman and was unwilling to disgrace her when she became pregnant … that on the advice of an angel he fled to Egypt with the child Jesus and his mother to avoid King Herod’s massacre of young boys … that he worked as a craftsman – by tradition, a carpenter – in the town of Nazareth when they returned.

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