St. Joseph is tasked with actualizing a woman who is holier, smarter, and better looking than he is. His wife is the archetype and crowning point of creation - and yet he, St. Joseph, is asked by God to assume custody, direction, and responsibility for her and her child. He provides for their needs, he protects them from a hostile culture, he teaches, he governs his family through uncertainty, and he dies. In a word, St. Joseph is a model of Christian husbandry. Today, every man is called like St. Joseph to be a husband. Be it to his flesh, his wife, or his Church, a man is charged with a grave responsibility to cultivate and actualize the bride God has entrusted to him, and so sacramentally reflect the love of God for His creation. Unlike St. Joseph, though, we struggle with personal sin and wounds that make husbandry a daunting task.
If we fail, the consequences cannot be overstated. Rupture of the family, destruction of the culture, the “masculinization of woman,” to name a few. Even the fall of man itself was attributed by God to a failure of husbandry. “And to Adam he said, 'Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you…" (Gen. 3:17).
So men, weak as we are, how can we learn Christian husbandry?
And women, though you be (as St. John Paul II calls you people) “the archetype of creation,” how can you best learn to be husbanded?
Drawing from John Paul II’s encyclical on the Dignity of Woman, as well as scripture, and practical anecdotes, this talk will attempt to provide some answers to these difficult questions toward the end of restoring the fine arts of husbanding and being husbanded.
As always, any young adult (18-39..ish) is welcome to attend, Catholic or not. If you are not a young adult, please do not join us. You can catch the podcast instead. Young families are welcome to bring their little ones.
We want to thank our friends at the Monk's Cellar for providing us with some great deals on the best food around. You buying dinner is the best way to thank them. The beer is free to you and paid for by St. Joseph Marello Parish. It starts flowing freely at 7pm. Show up early for a good seat. Our events are usually standing room only - packed with amazing young adults. New faces are always welcome, so bring your friends.
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John Johnson is the Associate Director of the Avila Institute where he also teaches. He has degrees from St. Mary's College and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. For over a decade he served at the parish level as a Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Sacramento. He has spoken at Catholic retreats and events across the country. He and his wife, Alexandria, have three children and one on the way. He co-founded Veritas Young Adults more than 10 years ago. He wrote this paragraph himself in the third person.