I took this picture a few years ago at Los Angeles Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles. The carving is of St. Joseph with a young Jesus. It is a rare and powerful portrayal of a delightful moment in this father-son relationship.
Today is the feast of St. Joseph, husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus. In the Office of Readings for today, the reading from St. Bernadine of Siena got me thinking about one central aspect of the life and mission of St. Joseph, the foster father of Jesus.