The patronage of St Joseph goes a long way, symbolic of fathers and workers, noble male figures and fidelity to the Church.
It lends me to notice the significance of the saint’s presence in the life of Venerable Marie Madeleine d’Houët. Apart from expressing her devotion to the Holy Family countlessly in her writings, she called herself and was known as Madame Joseph, the wife and widow of the Viscount Joseph de Bonnault d’Houët.
Not unlike the Mary and Joseph we know from tradition, Marie Madeleine and her young husband, Joseph, would faithfully lend their gifts to others’ service. It was through dutiful labour in tending to the sick that Monsieur de Bonnault caught illness and died early in their marriage.
Despite this, Marie Madeleine carried on in similar fashion, I am sure, with her husband never far from her thoughts.
On this day of St Joseph, let us recall not only the consecrated life of Marie Madeleine as a Faithful Companion of Jesus, but also as a wife.
May the example of steadfastness and loyalty of St Joseph continue to show through in our lives.