Despite landing on a Friday in the middle of Lent, today is a day of celebration throughout the Catholic Church, when we are not only allowed but expected to shake off our Lenten disciplines and celebrate. So, while I understand if you want to walk away now and break those fasts, I wanted to take this space to explain why it is that we feel St. Joseph is so worth celebrating, beyond the obvious reasons.
You with a shovel. I grabbed handfuls. With joy, we buried it.
That night I asked you if it was growing. I stayed up all night and worried. When you were gone, I dug for it.
I cried at dinner. You knew. “If you leave it be,” you caressed my head. “It can begin growing.”