Paul and Anna Albert

Imitating St. Joseph

The year 2011 started well, midnight Mass with my Cardinal Archbishop at St. Leonard Church in the North End of Boston. This was a great way to start off what would be an eventful year.

I entered the year with an important decision: when would I propose to my girlfriend, Anna? With lots of prayer, I decided on a date to pop the question that would forever change my life: March 6th, it’s the feast of her confirmation saint so I figured that would help me out a little. Thankfully, she said yes! A couple days, later I went on a short term mission to Haiti where God placed on my heart a desire for missions. Anna and I both realized that Life Teen Missions was where the Lord was leading us. In obedience to God, we took a huge leap of faith and moved our wedding date up a year.

On August 29, 2011 at Immaculate Conception Church I would make the best decision in my life: to stand before God and his Church, taking Anna’s hand and saying yes ’til “death do us part.”

Now, four months later, I find my wife and I almost three months pregnant with a child (hopefully a baby boy). Being married and in full-time missions, with a baby on the way, presents a whole new challenge. As a man, I keep asking myself how I will provide for my family.

In these moments, I remember the role the Lord asked St. Joseph to take in the life of his son. St. Joseph, a lowly village carpenter of Nazareth was asked to step to the plate and assist Mary in raising the son of God. If an ordinary man was asked to be the foster father of the Redeemer of the world, then I am confident that I will be able to foster my child in a way that is pleasing to God, by His grace.

It is my prayer that I could imitate St. Joseph in purity of heart, in chastity of life, in humility, patience, fortitude, gentleness and manliness of character. As I take on this new role in my life, I turn to Proverbs 3:5 which says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely.”

Paul and Anna Albert

About the Author

We have been married 2 years and have a one year old son, Nathaniel. We're from Massachusetts, where we met at a Life Teen parish in 2010. We pretty much have nothing in common except the fact that we are both crazy about Christ and His Church, oh and we both aspired to be rappers at one point in our lives.