Feast of St. Joseph tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Feast of St. Joseph, often called the humble saint, because we know so little about him.

The Augustine Institute has made available Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet’s great sermon on St. Joseph, entitled “Guard what has been entrusted to you.”

Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet (1627-1704), Bishop of Meaux, is celebrated for his pulpit oratory, as it is called, that is, the art of composing and delivering a sermon. Like any good Catholic priest, he often preached from memory and on subjects of more-or-less daily concern to his flock. But in 17th-century France, there was a great appetite for formal pulpit oratory, an appetite regularly satisfied by hour-long sermons for which one would send one’s footman to secure a pew the day before the Mass!

(description from the Augustine Institute Graduate School of Theology)