Elderly Care and St Joseph

El tránsito de San José / Transition of St Joseph – Francisco Goya (1787)

There is nothing written in the Bible about the later life and death of St Joseph Terror of Demons. Since he is not mentioned during Jesus’ ministry, nor was he there to support Our Blessed Mother during Christ’s Passion, it is assumed that he had died before it began. The early Church often assumed that Joseph was an old man when he took Our blessed Mother as his Spouse but that is very unlikely the reality, as an old man could not have protected a young mother and her child as Joseph did on many occasions during those turbulent times.

“After they had left, suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother with you, and escape into Egypt, and stay there until I tell you, because Herod intends to search for the child and do away with him.’ So Joseph got up and, taking the child and his mother with him, left that night for Egypt”

Matthew 2:13-14 – New Jerusalem Bible

Mary and Joseph were most likely 16 and 18 Years respectively, as was the normal age during the time to wed under Jewish tradition. The average life expectancy during that era would have been 30 to 35 Years of Age, due to lack of Modern medicine, which I believe supports the reality that Joseph could not have been an old man.

Jesus was around 30 Years of age when his 3 year ministry began, which would have made Mary around 49 years of age by the time He was crucified. St. Joseph had already lived 15+ years past the average age of death and would have likely been prone to illness and require to be cared for at home. Church tradition has it that he died a “Happy death” with Jesus and Mary.

O Blessed Joseph, who yielded up thy last breath in the arms of Jesus and Mary, obtain for me this grace, O holy Joseph, that I may breathe forth my soul in praise, saying in spirit, if I am unable to do so in worlds: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give Thee my heart and my soul.

Prayer to St. Joseph for a Happy Death

In the developed world, during the 1960s and 70’s, Nursing Homes were built and became the “norm” for Seniors to “live” in. “Eldercare” as it is known, has become a profit making machine at the expense of it’s workers who are paid relatively little and a “prison” for the Seniors who often suffer abuse at the hands of their “caregivers”.

Our elderly neighbours were recently forced to enter a retirement home which has not been a good experience for either of them. Their children and grandchildren had rarely visited them and we have seen them visit now in the past month than the 3 years we have known them. Their children are in the process of cleaning the house which will be put on the market and the majority of their furniture/belongings have been thrown in the garbage.

All Catholics We believe that All Life is Sacred, from Conception to Natural Death. With this in mind We are responsible for Honouring Our Fathers and Mothers. Our Parents raised Us to the best of their abilities. They may not have been perfect but we are expected to do the same when they can no longer take care of themselves.

St Joseph Terror of Demons, Pray for Us, that We may care of Our own Parents as they advance in their Years on this Earth, just as Jesus and Our Blessed Mother lovingly cared for You later on in life.

Author: Bad Catholic Dad

I'm a Husband and a Father of 3 quickly growing little ones and Step-Father to 3 already grown "little" ones. My goal is to share and to testify about my journey as a Catholic Husband and Father in this World where false idols have been made the centre of peoples lives. I dislike terms like liberal and/or traditional when it comes to identifying Catholics as I believe it attempts to force a Faith so beautiful, rich and powerful into a tiny box. I have worked with Technology in various roles and responsibilities for the past 25 years and have now only started to use my God given gifts to share my experiences in the "Hospital for Sinners".

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