Sunday, June 20, 2010

On Christian Fatherhood



Prayer for Fathers

St. Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over him faithfully as you have done. ~ Pope John XXIII

4 comments:

  1. Beautifully put! So many people forget the father's role in the household, we need frequent reminding. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I"m not Catholic but look for truth in many places. Thank you for sharing this lovely message.

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  3. Southern Oregon is so lucky to be having him as a priest in our area. His homilies always speak to my heart.

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  4. I have so enjoyed your ideas and example of holy family life. We have only two but I am doing my best, thanks to the encouraging witness and examples of women like you. Love to learn from you!

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