Pope Francis has declared this liturgical year the year of St. Joseph. This is a chance to learn from St. Joseph’s example of love, his trust in God, and his role in the holy family, and also to ask for his intercession.
How is the person of St. Joseph related to care of creation? Certainly there are many traits of St. Joseph we can look to for our own creation care journey. He is open to God’s grace in the world around him. He is a protector of that which God entrusts to him. He is a humble man pursuing his duties out of love for his family and others.
I also think being a carpenter meant he had a special relationship to the created world – both God’s creation and the built environment. He worked with wood and raw materials from the earth and understood how to utilize them to create objects of purpose, most likely meant to serve others and last. It seems like a role where you can co-create with God, transforming natural materials with your own hands for the betterment of those around you.
What else comes to mind when you think of the intersection of St. Joseph and care of creation?
Let us follow after his example and ask for his intercession, especially this year, as we pursue creation care in our own lives.