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By Joseph Enders, Church Militant, March 19, 2021
A fatherless generation
Saint Joseph was a model father figure. He was a master craftsman, a worker and, most importantly, chosen by God to demonstrate manhood as foster father of the child Jesus. A secular interpretation of Matthew 1:19 alleges Joseph walked out on Our Lady, assuming she had committed adultery when he became aware of her pregnancy with the unborn Messiah.
This faithless theory fails to grasp the glorious reality of St. Joseph. Catholics commonly believe he was preserved from mortal sin by a unique grace from the Holy Spirit. Considering I bear the name of this blessed saint, I’d like to tell of an alternative interpretation the Church allows. It’s commonly referred to as the Reverence Theory. …