During his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis spoke about
St. Joseph, whose feast it is today. From
Speaking off the cuff, the Pope sent special greetings to all
the fathers of the world, thanking them for what they do with their children.
"Be close to your children" - the Pope said - "they need you.
Just as St. Joseph was close to Jesus in his physical, psychological and
spiritual growth, you too must be guardians in age, wisdom and grace".
below the synopsis in English of the Pope’s catechesis:
Dear Brothers and
Sisters: Today, we celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Virgin Mary
and Patron of the universal Church. Saint Joseph is venerated as the “guardian”
of the Holy Family, and in this role he serves as a model for all fathers and
educators. Joseph watched over Jesus’ human development his growth, as Saint
Luke tells us, “in wisdom, age and grace” (2:52). We think of how Joseph, as
the carpenter of Nazareth, taught the young Jesus his trade and the value of
work. Joseph also quietly imparted to Jesus that wisdom which consists above
all in reverence for the Lord, prayer and fidelity to his word, and obedience
to his will. Joseph’s paternal example helped Jesus to grow, on a human level,
in his understanding and appreciation of his unique relationship to his
heavenly Father. With Our Lady, Joseph guided the young Jesus as he responded
to the working of the Holy Spirit in his heart and in his life. By his example
and prayers, may Saint Joseph be a sure guide to all parents, priests and
teachers charged with the education of our young.