We all need good role models. Especially when it comes to growing in reverence. I continue to be drawn to St. Joseph and walk with him and get to know him. St. Joseph is known as “the just man” and, as such, was a man of singular virtue. This strength of character, this reign of virtue, extended to all aspects of his life and his person—including his heart. His whole being was oriented to his God. His love was properly ordered, his affections purified.
Unlike St. Joseph, we tend to struggle, and oftentimes fail, with matters of the heart. Our culture certainly does not hold the virtue of chastity in high esteem. Therefore, it can seem incredible to us that a man like Joseph was able to rise to the lofty challenge presented to him: to be the “chaste guardian of the Virgin” (and of all virgins) and the foster-father of the Son of God. Such a task requires both remarkable human virtue and unexcelled amounts of God’s grace. St. Joseph had both.
We too can grow in virtue, allowing God’s grace to envelop our heart as we strive for holiness. St. Joseph was a great man with a “most chaste heart.” He can serve as a role model for me today.
Thank you Lord for providing Your earthly foster father to serve as a role model for me to learn and live with a chaste heart.
Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.2 Timothy 2:22