This Saint Joseph with Doves Statue is a beautiful representation of St. Joseph bringing the offering of two turtledoves (the offering of the poor) to the Temple (Luke 2:21-24). This statue makes a stunning gift for a wedding or a wedding anniversary, an ordination or ordination anniversary, a profession or jubilee of religious vows or for home or chapel.
Saint Joseph with Doves: an Impressive Labor of Love, Hope and Faith
This statuette of Saint Joseph with Doves stands 14 inches tall and is fashioned from dolomite stone and resin. A religious community of cloistered sisters conceives, creates and hand-finishes every statuette in their monastery atelier in Western Europe. Each religious sister prayerfully fulfills a particular task required for the completion of each piece. The sisters’ work is an impressive labor of love, hope and faith.
Saint Joseph, the Model Husband
The Saint Joseph with Doves statuette tells us three things about Joseph, essential to his character and to making it possible for Mary to say “Yes” to God’s plan for her: Joseph is a just man who, after discovering Mary pregnant from someone else, did not want to expose her to public disgrace (and perhaps even to being stoned to death for adultery). Joseph has chosen to marry Mary and to raise her child as his own. Joseph is a poor man who could only afford the “poor man’s offering” of two turtledoves instead of the lamb for a burnt offering and the turtledove for a sin offering. Perhaps instead of being “poor,” Joseph is, more accurately, “of low-income” since he is able to make a living and provide for his family as an artisan (tekton), probably in carpentry, a trade which he will some day pass on to Jesus. Finally, Joseph is dependable. Joseph saved Mary from public disgrace and possible stoning, he became her husband and raised her child, he protected her and Jesus from harm. Joseph was, in other words, always there when he was needed. Joseph is the model of the good husband: faithful, dependable, hardworking and a fulfilled family man.