Fatherhood

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

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