June 15, 2008

Where in the World is St. Joseph?

In the U.S., today is Father's Day. I hope if your Father is still around you called him or spent time with him. If your Father is not around because he's dead, was never there for you, or your relationship is sour, I hope you prayed for him.

Today, is also THE Father's Day so I REALLY hope you spent some time with Him today.

The greatest human Father the world ever knew was St. Joseph. He was a model of masculine protection, a hard-working, salt of the earth family man, a man of deep faith. He was a model of chastity, self-sacrifice and self-denial.

My Dad shares some characteristics with St. Joseph. He, too, left his comfort zone to serve when he was called. My Dad, who had never been further than 100 miles from his small town Indian reservation home, left everything he knew and his family at the age of 18 to serve in the Marines. He met my mother, had children with her, worked hard his whole life, sheltered and protected us. He would give his life for any of us. He thought we could do anything we set our mind to.

My Dad is a great parent. But, he is not St. Joseph. That does not mean we cannot learn from St. Joseph and strive to emulate his example. Maybe one day, God willing, we can worship with St. Joseph in Heaven.

Today, we need St. Joseph more than ever. Fatherhood and the example set by St. Joseph, is under attack by people who want two women to "marry", by people who only want "father" to be sperm donors, by people who want to emasculate men, by people who think divorce is a lifestage all married people are going to go thru, by people who want Father to just be a paycheck or a temporary custodian on alternate weekends, by people who want priests to marry.

St. Joseph is often a neglected Saint. I think Satan wants him to be. We need to pray to St. Joseph and seek his intercession more than we do.

We need to reclaim fatherhood and who better to help us do that than St. Joseph?


Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

Looks like you have a pretty good dad. God bless him! He obviously did a pretty good job in raising his kids:0)

St. Joseph has always symbolized great patience to me. Instead of acting harshly at the pregnancy of Mary, he showed compassion, and the Truth was subsequently revealed to him. Maybe that's what some of us should practice when faced with injustice. Instead of reacting with anger, let's give God a crack at the situation. He'll speak His solution in time.

I often wonder how a married priest, faithful to his Church, faithful to his vocation, a good father and husband, feels about less than favorable comments made about men in his line of work who are given permission to marry.

June 15, 2008 6:45 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Tom: Thanks! Good points.

June 15, 2008 10:24 AM  
Blogger Mairin :o) said...

Wonderful, truth-filled post. My husband took St. Joseph when he was confirmed.

Thank you for your prayers. I am in such need of them.

June 16, 2008 8:13 PM  

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