Christina Rossetti vs. Joseph

February 18, 2016 Comments Off on Christina Rossetti vs. Joseph

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On the Lent Madness site, the match up between Constance and Dominic saw Constance trounce Dominic with 77%  of the vote. We must have something against Dominic because NO ONE voted for him. Constance got all of the vote on the St. Luke’s Blog! Today’s match up is Christina Rossetti vs. Joseph.

Remember: vote at Lent Madness here AND ALSO below the saint bios here so we see how the readers of the St. Luke in the Fields blog compare! Results of this match up will be reported the next day.

Christina_Rossetti_3Christina Rossetti

A devout Anglo-Catholic, Christina Georgina Rossetti was a fascinating English poet of the nineteenth century, embodying numerous contradictions. Her poetry, influenced by the Oxford Movement’s notion of restraint, subtly hints at the great Christian mysteries, and this ambiguity has left her writing open to a diversity of interpretation. Friend of feminists and fallen women, Rossetti nevertheless was opposed to women’s suffrage, perhaps because of her commitment to the church’s enshrined male hierarchy. Her poems are considered profoundly romantic, yet two of her romantic affairs ended because she would not compromise her beliefs to marry a Roman Catholic or an agnostic.

Although a cheerful child, at age fourteen, Christina suffered a nervous breakdown, followed by fits of depression. Some Rossetti scholars believe the breakdown was caused by Grave’s Disease, which plagued her later in life.… Read more here.


800px-Guido_Reni_042Joseph

Very little is known about Joseph, the earthly father of Jesus. Mary receives the bulk of the attention paid to Jesus’ parents and parenting in both the New Testament and in tradition; Joseph is rarely discussed. Most of our information comes from a few verses in the Gospel of Matthew.

Jesus is described as the son of Joseph in the gospel stories of Matthew, Luke, and John. Joseph is not mentioned in Mark’s stories at all. Luke, who has high regard for Mary, marginalizes Joseph. Matthew finds Joseph’s Davidic lineage quite important. An early Christian text, the Protoevangelium of James, describes Joseph as an old man with older children when God calls him to take Mary as his wife. Perhaps there is some veracity to this tradition, and Joseph died while Jesus was still in his youth.

Joseph was tasked with an enormous responsibility that carried serious ramifications. The social stigma of an unwed couple with child was real. For this reason, Joseph, whom Matthew describes as a “righteous man,” initially planned to dismiss Mary quietly..… Read more here.

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