Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

“He keeps an eye on things, and quietly works to prevent or solve problems.” – Fr. James Stenberg’s, CSB Reflection on St. Joseph – Edmonton, AB

March 20, 2024

Here in Edmonton there are many places that have St. Joseph as their patron. St. Joseph’s Basilica, St. Joseph’s Seminary, St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph High School. And, of course, St. Joseph’s College, where the Basilians have served since 1963, where I met the Basilians when I was a student in the men’s residence, and where I myself later served as Director of Residence, and where I am currently serving as chaplain. Who, though, is St. Joseph?

St. Joseph seems to have been a quiet man. In the Gospel accounts we never hear him speak. The image of him as a carpenter (tekton in Greek) might be more accurate if we think of him as being a handy-man. Like the man that our schools and churches usually have who keeps an eye on things, and makes sure that everything is working properly. He will probably be working in the background, will never cause problems (his job is to prevent or solve them, not cause them) and you might not hear him say much. But if the snow is cleared first thing in the morning, it is because he took care of it.

The Feast of St. Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Patron of Canada, has two options for the gospel reading. The first option, from the first chapter of Matthew, is set prior to the birth of Jesus, and shows that Joseph is an upright man who has prophetic dreams. I prefer the second option, which is about how the 12-year-old Jesus goes off on his own for three days, and is eventually discovered in the temple, “sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.” Mary tells the boy Jesus, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.”

Working in a College, these words resonate with me. There is a special joy, one that all teachers know, in having young people listen to you and ask you questions. And when I was Director of Residence I became keenly aware of the desire to keep those young men safe and happy that I am confident that I share with St. Joseph.

I am convinced that St. Joseph is actively watching over this College, and over the young people that have been entrusted to our care. He keeps an eye on things, and quietly works to prevent or solve problems. I am grateful to have him as a patron. St. Joseph, pray for us!


Discerning, a Vocations Blog
General News

The 4th Basilian Latin American Summit: A Call to Unite and Care for Our Common Home

Excursion through the Department of Boyacá, north of Bogotá. The site of the Latin American Summit was the town of Villa de Leyva, in Boyacá.   This year, the 4th […]

Read More

Catholic Centre for Immigrants: Upholding the Dignity of Refugees in Ottawa

Amidst the current conflicts that force many to depart their homelands, The Catholic Centre for Immigrants (CCI) Ottawa partners with The Congregation of St. Basil to successfully assist hundreds of […]

Read More

VIDEO – Scholastic Bishoy Dawood, CSB: Gradual Joy – Houston, TX.

You’re not going to get it all, not right away at least! Our Scholastic Bishoy Dawood CSB, shares his insights into the what makes people dissatisfied and unfulfilled, as well […]

Read More

VIDEO – Fr. David Sharp, CSB: The True Meaning of Success – Wickenburg, AZ.

Life is a lot easier when we do it together – Fr. David Sharp, a Basilian of over 60 years, shares his insight into the true foundation of a fulfilling […]

Read More

Romero House: Creating Community Through Compassion – Toronto, ON.

In the west bend neighborhood of Toronto, Romero house continues to serve those fleeing from violence by offering a place of welcome and belonging. Established in 1991 when a small […]

Read More