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Treasure/The Shrine of St. Joseph

Shrine of St. JosephThis is one taking a child into his own family line, under his own roof. There’s a generosity in that which touches anybody who has brought somebody into their home, in establishing a truly holy family. Statues like this one really stretch the boundaries of our concept of family.

I think about how colleagues of different disciplines could address ideas with their students in the presence of this image. It’s not just the plaster that we’re looking at here. We’re looking at the figure of Joseph and what that means: theologically, culturally, socially, spiritually, psychologically. Joseph is always timely. Even the tenderness of the embrace, the adoptive father with the child, speaks of hope.

Oct. 31, 2015