Feast of St Joseph
Our cover this month features St Joseph, holding the child Jesus, in the church of Giovanni Battista in Bragora in Venice. But look again: in the background is a Pietà, a sculpture of Our Lady holding her dead son, an image we will soon call to mind during Holy Week.
Here we see St Joseph and his foster son in daily life, and in the distance, we see the son’s mother’s traumatised grief. That is how close normality and tragedy reside to one another in life, as the coronavirus pandemic has taught us with cruel abundance.
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