According to the Gospels, Joseph was a member of the House of David and was born in
The situation was about to take an unlikely turn, however, when Mary was found to be pregnant. Joseph, disillusioned by what seemed to be betrayal, decided to break off the marriage quietly. A public denouncement of Mary would have resulted in her stoning, and Joseph was too much a man to resort to that kind of vengeance. But before he had the chance to divorce her, an Angle of the Lord visited Joseph in a dream and informed him that the child his betrothed had conceived was of God, the promised savior of the
Joseph acted upon what had been revealed to him and married Mary. We can easily picture the Blessed Virgin being overjoyed at having her husband by her side, trusting in God and in her word, ready to protect and defend her and her child. But hard times were ahead. A census was called by Caesar Augustus and the heavily-pregnant Mary and her husband were forced to make the long overland trek to
The Baby Jesus was born of the Virgin and laid in a feeding troth for cows. Israelite Shepherds would come to pay him homage, and many months later, astrologers from the East would do the same. When Jesus was ready to be circumcises according to the Jewish Law, Joseph and Mary traveled to the
Not long after, the mad king Herod slaughtered the male children of
When Jesus was 12 years old, the Holy Family went to
The Bible does not record when Joseph died, but tradition holds it was just before Jesus set off on His public ministry. Since he has no direct dialogue in the Gospels, Joseph is called a man of few words. However, since his actions of defending and nurturing the Blessed Virgin and the Son of God speak louder than any words, he has been given the title, The Just Man. The Feast of St. Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus Christ, is celebrated on March 19th.
Cuthbert was born in the 7th century of well-to-do parents in
In spite of this, Cuthbert initially resisted the prompting and became a soldier for the king of
Eventually, Cuthbert became the prior at
He worked tirelessly to evangelize the people of
According to the Celtic custom, he often prayed nearby water, which was traditionally believed to be a place where the natural and the supernatural could meet. The Celtic belief in the timelessness of events and the innate presence of the spirit world in the world of man influenced him greatly, and his meditations were long and deep. During one of his prayer sessions, when he waded into the ocean to better feel the presence of God, he got his feet terribly wet and cold. Miraculously, otters came out of water and warmed his feet with their breath and their fur.
Unfortunately for him, Cuthbert's fame lured visitors to his isolated island, and soon he had to build a guest house for them. To make a bad situation worse, Cuthbert was chosen to become bishop of a distant diocese. He loved his peaceful islands and wished to stay there if at all possible. Therefore, using the diplomacy that he was so well-known for, he swapped dioceses with another bishop so that he could become Bishop of Lindisfarne and stay in the places he loved best. In this way, Cuthbert came to become St. Aidan's successor, and the prophetic vision Cuthbert had experienced as a teenager came to pass.
Only two years after his consecration as bishop, however, Cuthbert contracted a deadly fever. Surrounded by his faithful monks on
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