With a Father's Heart – Ann Gotfryd

05/01/2021 10:00 AM | Fred Goddard (Administrator)

Icon style of St. Joseph with the child JesusMay 1st is the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker.

In his letter, With A Father’s Heart, Pope Francis draws a parallel between Joseph and the ordinary, usually overlooked workers: shopkeepers, cleaning crews, nurses, transit and delivery drivers, who have played such an important role in our survival this past year. The Pope writes:

Each of us can discover in Joseph—the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet, and hidden presence—an intercessor, a support, and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all (PATRIS CORDE).

In this year dedicated to St Joseph, when workers everywhere have struggled because of the pandemic, we have an even greater need of Joseph’s intercession.

So today let us pray that all workers may find satisfaction and economic security in their jobs and that workplaces become safe, healthy, and inviting environments. We ask St. Joseph who “did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it” (PATRIS CORDE) to pray for us as we recover from the pandemic. May we imitate Joseph’s virtues and zeal by cooperating with God to build a new society that is just and in right relationship with all of creation.

So today let us pray that all workers may find satisfaction and economic security in their jobs and that workplaces become safe, healthy, and inviting environments. We ask St. Joseph who “did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it” (PATRIS CORDE) to pray for us as we recover from the pandemic. May we imitate Joseph’s virtues and zeal by cooperating with God to build a new society that is just and in right relationship with all of creation.

This striving to become co-creators with God has always been part of the mission of the North American Conference of Associates and Religious. Like Joseph, in the face of the many challenges of our own reality, we accept responsibility rather than seek shortcuts. During these times of dissolution and transition, his example “teaches us that amid the tempests of life, we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course. At times, we want to be in complete control, yet God always sees the bigger picture” (PATRIS CORDE).

“The spiritual path that Joseph traces for us is not one that explains, but accepts … Joseph is certainly not passively resigned, but courageously and firmly proactive. In our own lives, acceptance and welcome can be an expression of the Holy Spirit’s gift of fortitude. Only the Lord can give us the strength needed to accept life as it is, with all its contradictions, frustrations and disappointments” (PATRIS CORDE).

Pope Francis has reminded us that we will not always understand the meaning of particular events but we need to be able to set aside our own ideas about how life should unfold. “Unless we are reconciled with our own history, we will be unable to take a single step forward, for we will always remain hostage to our expectations and the disappointments that follow…Only as a result of this acceptance, this reconciliation, can we begin to glimpse a broader history, a deeper meaning" (PATRIS CORDE).

Today, God’s bigger picture for the Associate Movement requires from us the courage and faith of St Joseph.

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