On 19 March we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of the Virgin Mary and Patron Saint of the Universal Church, making it a day of great joy for the Catholic faithful all over the world.
“In the Gospels, St. Joseph appears as a strong and courageous man, a hard worker, but in his soul we perceive a great tenderness, which is not the virtue of the weak, but rather the opposite,” said Pope Francis about St. Joseph at the beginning of his pontificate in 2013.
We recall that from this past 8 December 2020 until this 8 December 2021 we find ourselves in a ‘special year’ dedicated to the putative father of Jesus, as Pope Francis declared in his Apostolic Letter PATRIS CORDE on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the declaration of the Bridegroom of Mary as Patron of the Catholic Church.
“A beloved father, a father in tenderness, in obedience and in welcome; a father of creative courage, a worker, always in the shadows”, are some of the words with which Pope Francis describes St. Joseph in a tender way.
COVID-19 is also in the background of Patris corde, a pandemic that “has made us understand the importance of ordinary people, of those who, far from the limelight, exercise patience and instil hope every day, sowing co-responsibility. Like Saint Joseph: the man who goes unnoticed, the man of daily presence, discreet and hidden. And yet, his is an unparalleled protagonism in the history of salvation”.
We pray that he continues to protect us and of course, happy Father’s Day and congratulations to the Josés, Josefas, Pepes and Pepas.