Location: Local Tradistani Parish
Occasion: Monthly Men’s Group Meeting During Lent
Mr. B: Any other suggestions for Lenten reading?
Mr. C: I haven’t had the time to read much, unfortunately.
Mr. J (Me): I’ve been reading Dante’s Divine Comedy. It was recommended by the pope! (Polite laughter from the others.) Augustine’s Confessions would make for good Lenten reading, I think.
Mr. B: Well, I have been reading this collection of devotions to St. Joseph. It has a lot of good prayers and novenas you can use.
Mr. J: (Twitching noises.)
Mr. D: Oh yeah, St. Joseph is great! He’s really helped me out with finding a job after I had to leave my last one.
Mr. B: There are some interesting biographical things about St. Joseph in here I had never heard of before. Like how he was from the royal line of David—
Mr. J: (More twitching noises.)
Mr. B: —and how he was actually pretty young when he and the Blessed Virgin were married.
Mr. J: Ahem. Actually, the oldest traditions about St. Joseph were that he was older and widowed at that time.
Mr. B: You know, that’s what I always thought. I don’t know where this writer got his information. He also says that there’s good reason to believe that Joseph was assumed bodily into Heaven, but I can’t figure out where he gets those beliefs.
Mr. J: They were made up in the late Middle Ages, just as the Renaissance was kicking in.
Mr. B: Huh. I was not aware of that. It’s good to know. Oh well, it’s still a decent book if you just stick to the prayers.
Mr. J: (Sigh of relief.)
Mr. D: We should definitely pray to St. Joseph. His intercession is very powerful.
Mr. B: No doubt. Well, unless anybody else has reading suggestions, I suppose we can break for toni—
(He is interrupted as Fr. M walks in. This is the first time Mr. J has ever seen one of the parish priests show up in a Men’s Group meeting.)
Fr. M: I hope I’m not interrupting. I thought I’d pop in since I was done with confessions.
Mr. B: Not at all, Father! We were just talking about reading suggestions for Lent.
Fr. M: Oh, you should all read about Fatima! We’re coming up on the centennial, after all. Our Lady has many important messages for our time.
Mr. B: I was also talking about this St. Joseph book I’ve been reading.
Fr. M: Oh, if you want to read about St. Joseph, you should read The Life and Glories of St. Joseph, by— oh, I can’t remember who the author is.
Mr. J: (Twitching noises.)
Fr. M: But you can find the whole thing online. Joseph is a great saint. He’s the patron of the universal Church! The Life and Glories has lots of great information about St. Joseph, and all the wonderful graces given to him in accordance with his state in life.
Mr. B: Wow, I’ll have to get my hands on that.
Fr. M: You should! It’s very well researched, with many quotes from the Doctors and Fathers of the Church. He even received the grace of sinlessness and of being assumed bodily into Heaven with Our Lady!
Mr. J: I’ve read a lot of Mr. Healey’s book. I can’t say I was very impressed with his scholarship. In fact, he includes some patristic quotes nobody has ever been able to verify.
Fr. M: Oh, I don’t know. He quotes many Doctors of the Church, including St. Francis de Sales!
Mr. B: Well, if it’s online, I’ll have to find it. Maybe we’ll talk about that book in the next meeting.
Fr. M: Oh, that would be wonderful.
Mr. B: All right, let’s break for tonight. Have a good rest of Lent, everybody.
Mr. J: (The twitching noises become eerily calm.)