The Imitation of St. Joseph

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"The Imitation of St. Joseph is a wonderful personal encounter Fr. Kauth has with St. Joseph in order to bring out the realism of the spiritual life with some help from St. Thomas Aquinas. This book enables the reader to find in St. Joseph what is common to all of us, namely, how to deal with conflicts, hard decisions and live with mystery of the ordinary stuff from the daily grind of life."   - Fr. Basil, OP

The Church is a city set on a hill and on that hill there is a lighthouse. The Church directs her light this way and that as occasion warrants. That we might not make a shipwreck of our faith (see 1 Tm 1:19), she illuminates dangerous crags and reefs when all the world would tell us the water is clear.

Each age has its heresies, and ours is a hatred of origin, of fatherhood. As an anchor against the wave of patricide, a light in the darkness of our age, the Church has been fixing her light, ever increasingly, on Saint Joseph. It is him to whom we look. He is who we must imitate.

In this illuminating work, Fr. Matthew Kauth opens our eyes to what Joseph saw so that we might imitate what he imitated.

  • Part I examines the teachings of Aquinas to help us understand the depths of our human nature and why we come to love some things more than others, and what it means to imitate that which we love, for better or for worse
  • Part II looks back at Joseph's lineage, providing a sweeping tour of salvation history and the patriarchs of the Old Testament, showing how Joseph was their fulfillment
  • Part III brings us inside the life of the Holy Family, taking us along for their harrowing journeys to Bethlehem and Egypt, and their daily life in Nazareth, to show us how growing closer to Joseph and imitating him binds us to the hearts of Jesus and Mary
  • Part IV closes with a look at our lives today and the life of the Church, and the challenges we face to live a life of virtue in a fallen world, imploring us to turn to Joseph, the Patron of the Universal Church
Fr. Matthew Kauth
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32 Reviews

  • 5
    The Imitation of Saint Joseph

    Posted by Steve C on Mar 30th 2024

    A virtual spiritual textbook for a Catholic father. Saint Joseph, the carpenter built the Church by building the Holy Family.

  • 5
    Imitation of St Joseph

    Posted by Mary on Mar 25th 2024

    Beautiful edition. Bought for my husband for Father's Day bc he reminds me of St Joseph. Joseph is also his middle name.

  • 5
    The Imitations of Saint Joseph

    Posted by James Scanlon on Mar 22nd 2024

    To be honest I haven't read it yet but the quality of the book itself is outstanding.

  • 5
    Imitation of St. Joseph

    Posted by carol denny on Mar 22nd 2024

    Really good book.

  • 5
    The Imitation of St. Joseph

    Posted by Dick Klein on Mar 22nd 2024

    Beautifully bound with thought-provoking commentary based on the Bible

  • 5
    Immitation of St Joseph

    Posted by Gregory Baker on Mar 22nd 2024

    Great book for all young Catholics starting out with a family! Will show how to raise young Saints!

  • 5
    The Imitation of Saint Joseph

    Posted by Josh P on Mar 22nd 2024

    It's a wonderful book thus far. I need to take it in small sections because there is so much to unpack, but Fr. Kauth has done a wonderful job, unpacking not only Saint Joseph but the patriarchs as well. The physical book is the perfect size and beautifully made and will be a beautiful physical addition to any bookshelf, and the blessings within will make it one you pass on as you help to raise the next generation(s) of men.

  • 5
    I really enjoy reading this book. I thought that it was beautifully bound, and the material is just wonderful.

    Posted by Robert Frank on Mar 22nd 2024

    I have purchased a lot of books over the read from TAN Books. We are using your Eucharist 12-part series in our Adult Lenten religious program in our parish. I am the facilitator of this program.

  • 5
    The Imitation of Saint Joseph

    Posted by Pattie on Mar 20th 2024

    Thank you for providing such awesome books.