November 3, 2014: St. Joseph–True Man

~by Susi Pittman

Saint Joseph is never quoted in the Bible, yet his example is heralded in scripture as he is referred to as a “just” man (Matthew 1:19). The scriptural interpretation of “just” is one who is completely obedient to God. God entrusted Joseph with two of His greatest treasures, Mary, Ark of the New Covenant, the spotless, virginal mother of the Son of God, and Jesus, Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity.

I think it is safe to say that Joseph was a spiritually superior human being in all ways to have received this entrustment! St. Joseph saw God in every aspect of his life.

He had moved immediately at God’s request to do God’s will, having God before him in all things. The glory of God was before him in the presence of Jesus and Mary and also in the creation that he utilized in his carpentry of fine wood items. Joseph’s life did nothing but point to his obedience in doing God’s will—emptying himself totally—being filled with the Holy Spirit as he cared for Mary and Jesus.

Over two years ago, I felt a calling that led me to discern a journey into creation stewardship. In a world of deep ecological and conservation troubles, the non-empathetic attitude of a culture of convenience moved me to create a web presence to raise awareness to the need for a RECOMMITMENT to God as caretakers of the earth.

I DO see God everywhere and in everything! I celebrate creation! God could not be contained in just one natural creature, so He diversified Himself throughout His creation and its creatures.

I see God’s glory each day with the sunrise and each evening as the stars fill the heavens. Especially at this time of the year, Gods loving hand in the season of fall paints the vibrant-fire-colors of love across landscape. I see God’s presence in each pair of eyes I meet, be they human or animal.

Beyond being heirs of heaven through Christ Jesus, our first and fundamental physical and spiritual inheritance is the care of the earth and all of its creatures. It is the most basic of the social justice teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.

It is time to get back to basics and renew the face of the earth in appreciation of the Creator who loves it ALL.

In everything and everywhere, have only God, God’s will and glory before your eyes, and make no account of anything else.

~Maxim 16: Sisters of St. Joseph~

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Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.

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