A new hymn in honour of St Joseph highlights the saint as an antidote to an often superficial and celebrity-soaked culture. Source: Catholic Outlook.
Australian Marist Br Michael Herry has written One Quiet Man, inspired by Pope Francis’ proclamation of the Year of St Joseph, which runs until December 8.
“This proclamation seemed to come naturally to Pope Francis, because like his every word and gesture, it came from the heart, the heart of a true father and pastor,” Br Michael said in a message accompanying the hymn.
“What you see is what you get, and we rightfully admire this quality, even as we live at the same time in an often superficial and celebrity-soaked culture.
“Pope Francis, and his friend St Joseph, offer us an antidote to that culture,” he said.
Respecting the Catholic tradition around St Joseph, Br Michael’s hymn casts the saint as a real-life figure and a man of “discernment, respect, action and courage.”
“St Joseph was a ‘quiet achiever,’ absolutely ‘grafted on’ to the will of God, deeply in love with Mary and totally dedicated to the care and love of his family,” he said.
Br Michael also calls on St Joseph to watch over the Church in Australia as preparations are made for the First Assembly of the Plenary Council in October.
“Let’s pray to St Joseph, ‘the quiet man’, that we become good listeners and discerners of the Holy Spirit in seeking a common path forward for our Church as it continues to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ to our world.”
Year of St Joseph inspires new hymn (Catholic Outlook)