How many pictures have you of St. Joseph depicting him as an elderly gentleman who was more like a grandfather than a father, to our Lord?
Unfortunately, those artists never listened to my guest, Dr. Brant Pitre. Brant has come across some pretty strong evidence that is pretty much proof positive of the relative age of St. Joseph.
And it’s not that there’s anything wrong with being old. (I’m getting older every day!) But understanding the true age of St. Joseph re-orients our understanding of his relationship with both Jesus and Mary and adds greater power to some of his titles.
So join us for a quick, scintillating conversation that will once again blow your mind and totally give you a new perspective of Jesus’ earthly father.
P.S. Have you heard to our full podcast on St. Joseph as the Hidden King? Check it out! Episode 116: Dr. Brant Pitre Reveals the Hidden Secrets of St. Joseph
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“My chin is still on the floor!”
Thank you Brant! We need more of your courage as you continue to clarify and evangelise both lapsed Catholics and non Catholics.
Don’t ever be discouraged.
I am enjoying your talks Matt but really have to ask the question this one. Does it matter how old Joseph was or for that matter if Mary remained a virgin after the birth of Jesus. I may be unschooled in the area of scripture but really doesn’t scripture support the idea that creation through sexual intercourse between a married man and a woman is sacred so why are we Catholics so hung up on wanting Mary to remain a virgin throughout her life. We may well all be surprised by so many of our man made ideas and theories when we reach eternal glory. To my mind there is so much irrelevance weaved into our Catholic religion. The only things that really matter are that we were created by God to know, love and serve Him, that his Son and our saviour Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary came to save us and be the bridge that allows us to enter heaven and that He sent the Holy Spirit to teach, guide and inspire us and that Jesus is alive and desires a relationship with each person and is really present in the Eucharist. Call me an Uncatholic Catholic but it is all the made up human ideas that get in the road of the journey of faith. I am open to correction. 🙏🏻😀
Hi, Sharon! Thanks for the comments and questions. And while there’s no way for me to fully answer the questions you bring up in this forum, I’d say that part of the reason for the dogma of perpetual virginity protects both the humanity and divinity of Christ (i.e. that he is the God/man who doesn’t just come to us through natural means). That’s a big reason why this dogma was proclaimed back in the 5th century. As far as Joseph’s age, the idea that he is not an old man serves to highlight the dignity and “realness” of the marriage of Mary and Joseph. He wasn’t just a protector. He was a husband and father. Hope that helps.
Thanks, but I’ll stick to the ancient Church tradition that teaches he was an older man wise and knowledgeable of the Law and had the life experience to lead the Holy Family as father, protector and teacher of his family.
A non canonical source that was just a theory.