O God, you are my God, for you I long; * for you my soul is thirsting. My body pines for you * like a dry, weary land without water. So I gaze on you in the sanctuary * to see your strength and your glory.
For your love is better than life, * my lips will speak your praise. So I will bless you all my life, * in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul shall be filled as with a banquet, * my mouth shall praise you with joy.
“I know that whatever God does endures for ever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has made it so, in order that men should fear before him. That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. “
“When the grace of God comes to a man he can do all things, but when it leaves him he becomes poor and weak, abandoned, as it were, to affliction. Yet, in this condition he should not become dejected or despair. On the contrary, he should calmly await the will of God and bear whatever befalls him in praise of Jesus Christ, for after winter comes summer, after night, the day, and after the storm, a great calm.”
Now, all our peace in this miserable life is found in humbly enduring suffering rather than in being free from it. He who knows best how to suffer will enjoy the greater peace, because he is the conqueror of himself, the master of the world, a friend of Christ, and an heir of heaven.
A celebration of Fatherhood on the Feast of Saint Joseph
— St Joseph with the Infant Jesus (1620s) by Guido Reni (1575-1642), Hermitage Museum.
Nothing is known of St Joseph except what is said of him in the Gospels. He was a carpenter; he accepted the will of God; and he supported Mary and brought up Jesus. From the human character of his son we can see that he was a good and responsible father. He is widely venerated as a patron of artisans who honourably do good work with the gifts God has given them, and of workers in general. To those who exercise the role of an adoptive parent, whether formally or informally, whether over one child or as the support of a whole family, he is a source of inspiration.
A modern day example of the finest of fathers, my son and his son