May 1 – the Optional Memorial of St. Joseph the Worker. It was instituted in 1955 by Pope Pius XII to Christianize the concept of labor as a counterbalance to the international Communist (atheist) celebration of the worker on the same day. Although I appreciate the value of work as much as the next person, I always think of the saint as St. Joseph the Dreamer. According to the first two chapters of Matthew, he acted upon his divinely-inspired dreams no less than four times. As a result of his courage, Jesus lived to fulfill the Father’s will and become the Savior of the world. May we all have the courage, like St. Joseph, to acknowledge our dreams when they are divinely inspired and act upon them. Who knows how we might change the world?
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And then you have Joseph the Dreamer in the Old Testament (one of Jacob’s 12 sons) who was sold by his brothers into slavery into Egypt. He was a “type” of this New Testament Joseph.