E5: My own dad – Woody Halbrook

If I’m honest, the biggest blocker to getting this podcast started for the last 2 years was knowing that I wanted my first interview to be with my dad, and not being ready to ask him or make that happen. If you’re going to interview other Catholic dads about being Catholic dads, you’d start with your own dad if you could… right?

This may be the only episode of Modern Josephs in which I won’t edit the audio, cutting out any of our pauses or mannerisms. I also know this is going to serve as a living memory for me and my dad as life goes on.

At long last, an idea two years in the making – the first real episode of Modern Josephs.

Meet @woodyhalbrook.

Dedication & Hymn

Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I dedicate this new website and blog to the honor of St. Joseph. In doing so, I ask for his intercession in this mission:

To provide reflections and community for like-minded men who seek to emulate St. Joseph’s virtues and be good husbands and fathers in today’s world.

Hymn, from Morning Prayer, Joseph, Husband of Mary:

Joseph, patron saint of workers,
Blending skill with charity,
Silent carpenter we praise you!
Joining work with honesty,
You taught Christ with joy to labor
Sharing his nobility.

Joseph, close to Christ and Mary,
Lived with them in poverty,
Shared with them their home and labor,
Worked with noble dignity.
May we seek God’s will as you did,
Leader of his family!

Joseph, workmen’s inspiration,
Man of faith and charity,
Make us honest, humble, faithful,
Strong with Christ’s true liberty,
Make our labor and our leisure
Fruitful to eternity!