I have written extensively online about my love and devotion to St. Joseph. I owe much, not just in broad terms of salvation history, but in my personal life as well. He has been my friend and helper through many trials and difficulties along the road of life.
I was reflecting on St. Joseph during this time of social distancing. Scripture never records any of Joseph's words, but there is profundity in that silence. St. Joseph is a real man, a man of action. When he is told to take Mary into his care, he does not question. He accepts God's will and he acts. When he is told that they must flee Bethlehem and go down into Egypt, he accepts God's will and he acts.
St. Joseph may have been scared or nervous. But Scripture does not tell us one way or another. He was asked to set out on a journey with an uncertain future. Right now, many of us are nervous, especially because we do not know how long this sojourn will last. And many of us are trying to be brave for our families.
St. Joseph was brave. He was brave not because he lacked fear. He was brave because even in the face of terrifying challenges, he got down to the business of doing God's will and taking care of his family.
I will be praying in a very special way to St. Joseph for our country and our world during this time of social distancing. Let us model ourselves after him.