The Polish writer Jan Dobraczyński, in his book The Shadow of the Father, tells the story of Saint Josephâs life in the form of a novel. PATRIS CORDE. They were convinced that Jesus could heal the man, and âfinding no way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the middle of the crowd in front of Jesus. It expresses devotion and trust, and even poses a certain challenge to Saint Joseph: âGlorious Patriarch Saint Joseph, whose power makes the impossible possible, come to my aid in these times of anguish and difficulty. Since this is part of the entire economy of salvation, we must learn to look upon our weaknesses with tender mercy..  Cf. They understood that no one is saved aloneâ¦ How many people daily exercise patience and offer hope, taking care to spread not panic, but shared responsibility. Lk 2:22.27.39) and through four dreams (cf. The Holy Family had to face concrete problems like every other family, like so many of our migrant brothers and sisters who, today too, risk their lives to escape misfortune and hunger. La salutiamo chiamandola “papa buono” come ci ha chiesto Flavia, bambina del nostro gruppo. Mt 1:24; 2:14.21). Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. He uses the evocative image of a shadow to define Joseph. There Jesus was born (cf. OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS. "Santo Padre, Caro papa Francesco, papà.. È così che scrivendo questa lettera il gruppo Giovani per Gesù, Comunità di Luca, della parrocchia di Santa Maria degli Angeli ha voluto chiamarLa. He also teaches us that amid the tempests of life, we must never be afraid to let the Lord steer our course.  S. RITUUM CONGREGATIO, Quemadmodum Deus (8 December 1870): ASS 6 (1870-71), 194. Not holding them back, being overprotective or possessive, but rather making them capable of deciding for themselves, enjoying freedom and exploring new possibilities. OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS ON THE SIXTEEN HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF SAINT JEROME . In his role as the head of a family, Joseph taught Jesus to be obedient to his parents (cf.  Saint Joseph is universally invoked as the âpatron of a happy deathâ.. In the Temple, forty days after Jesusâ birth, Joseph and Mary offered their child to the Lord and listened with amazement to Simeonâs prophecy concerning Jesus and his Mother (cf. Ibid., Communion Rite.. Rite of Penance, No. PREGHIERA / AVVENTO E NATALE. So too, our lives may at times seem to be at the mercy of the powerful, but the Gospel shows us what counts. The author of the Letter to the Hebrews thus concludes that Jesus âlearned obedience through what he sufferedâ (5:8). The loss of employment that affects so many of our brothers and sisters, and has increased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, should serve as a summons to review our priorities. The Son of the Almighty came into our world in a state of great vulnerability.  Homily (19 March 1966): Insegnamenti di Paolo VI, IV (1966), 110. At the end of every account in which Joseph plays a role, the Gospel tells us that he gets up, takes the child and his mother, and does what God commanded him (cf. Blessed Pius IX declared him âPatron of the Catholic Churchâ, Venerable Pius XII proposed him as âPatron of Workersâ and Saint John Paul II as âGuardian of the Redeemerâ. Per tutti coloro che volessero scrivere al Pontefice, l’indirizzo postale di Papa Francesco: Sua Santità Francesco, Casa Santa Marta, 00120 Città del Vaticano Papa Francesco non possiede un indirizzo email pubblico, pertanto se si desidera scrivergli é necessario farlo via posta tradizionale all’indirizzo sopra riportato. Rom 8:34). Proudly created with Wix.com. Per l’occasione, da oggi all’8 dicembre 2021 si terrà uno speciale “Anno di San Giuseppe” Our first reaction is frequently one of disappointment and rebellion. Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me: âMy grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weaknessââ (2 Cor 12:7-9). How many are praying, making sacrifices and interceding for the good of allâ. Jesusâ appearance in our midst is a gift from the Father, which makes it possible for each of us to be reconciled to the flesh of our own history, even when we fail to understand it completely. Just as God told Joseph: âSon of David, do not be afraid!â (Mt 1:20), so he seems to tell us: âDo not be afraid!â We need to set aside all anger and disappointment, and to embrace the way things are, even when they do not turn out as we wish. To protect Jesus from Herod, Joseph dwelt as a foreigner in Egypt (cf. Mt 2:1-12), who represented respectively the people of Israel and the pagan peoples. For, as Jesus says, âout of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaksâ (Mt 12:34). Mt 1:20; 2:13.19.22). In Joseph, Jesus saw the tender love of God: âAs a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear himâ (Ps 103:13). God acted by trusting in Josephâs creative courage. Lettera di un anziano padre al figlio. Papa Francesco a Mediterranea: «Contate su di me» Parafrasi lettera: “a don Benedetto Castelli” di Galileo ... Lettera a mio padre: 53 modi per ringraziarlo - FrasiDaDedicare. A Lei chiediamo aiuto affinché all’interno delle nostre comunità sia chi è guida sia chi è seguace possa vivere la propria vocazione volgendo sempre lo sguardo all’Amore vero, autentico quello che solo salva. Given in Rome, at Saint John Lateran, on 8 December, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the year 2020, the eighth of my Pontificate.  Enchiridion de fide, spe et caritate, 3.11: PL 40, 236. Only as a result of this acceptance, this reconciliation, can we begin to glimpse a broader history, a deeper meaning.  Original edition: Cień Ojca, Warsaw, 1977. Before the example of so many holy men and women, Saint Augustine asked himself: âWhat they could do, can you not also do?â And so he drew closer to his definitive conversion, when he could exclaim: âLate have I loved you, Beauty ever ancient, ever new!â. Whatever our vocation, whether to marriage, celibacy or virginity, our gift of self will not come to fulfilment if it stops at sacrifice; were that the case, instead of becoming a sign of the beauty and joy of love, the gift of self would risk being an expression of unhappiness, sadness and frustration. Our world today needs fathers. In our own lives, acceptance and welcome can be an expression of the Holy Spiritâs gift of fortitude. 3 χρόνια, 7 μήνες ago In this way, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, âat the service of the entire plan of salvationâ. My beloved father, all my trust is in you. In him, we never see frustration but only trust. Vorremmo,anche, esprimere un sentimento di profonda gratitudine per il dono di due “padri” Lei e papa Benedetto, due umili operari scelti a lavorare nella vigna del Signore. Lk 2:7). Il nostro gruppo poco dopo l'elezione del Santo Padre, Papa Francesco, ha deciso di scrivergli una lettera. Tenderness is the best way to touch the frailty within us. Lk 2:51), in accordance with Godâs command (cf.  Their lives are concrete proof that it is possible to put the Gospel into practice. , Every prayer book contains prayers to Saint Joseph. Difficulties did not stand in the way of those friendsâ boldness and persistence. Only tender love will save us from the snares of the accuser (cf. Lk 15:11-32). Paul likewise calls the Galatians: âMy little children, with whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you!â (4:19). In a similar way, Joseph acted as a father for his whole life..  Cf. Arriving in Bethlehem and finding no lodging where Mary could give birth, Joseph took a stable and, as best he could, turned it into a welcoming home for the Son of God come into the world (cf. During the return journey, âwhen Joseph heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Elisabeth Buffard approved Γαλλικά subtitles for Lettera a Papa Francesco | FARIAN SABAHI | TEDxMilano. Every priest or bishop should be able to add, with the Apostle: âI became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospelâ (ibid.).  Homily at Mass and Beatifications, Villavicencio, Colombia (8 September 2017): AAS 109 (2017), 1061. Let it not be said that I invoked you in vain, and since you can do everything with Jesus and Mary, show me that your goodness is as great as your power. As the Lord had done with Israel, so Joseph did with Jesus: he taught him to walk, taking him by the hand; he was for him like a father who raises an infant to his cheeks, bending down to him and feeding him (cf. Work is a means of participating in the work of salvation, an opportunity to hasten the coming of the Kingdom, to develop our talents and abilities, and to put them at the service of society and fraternal communion.  By his eloquent silence, Saint Joseph says the same. In a way, we are all like Joseph: a shadow of the heavenly Father, who âmakes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjustâ (Mt 5:45). He turned his human vocation to domestic love into a superhuman oblation of himself, his heart and all his abilities, a love placed at the service of the Messiah who was growing to maturity in his homeâ. Innumerable holy men and women were passionately devoted to him. ON THE 150 th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF SAINT JOSEPH AS PATRON OF THE UNIVERSAL CHURCH . Saint Luke is especially concerned to tell us that Jesusâ parents observed all the prescriptions of the Law: the rites of the circumcision of Jesus, the purification of Mary after childbirth, the offering of the firstborn to God (cf. Grazie Santo Padre perché non avremo più paura della tenerezza. Jesus told us: âLearn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heartâ (Mt 11:29). Joseph was the man chosen by God to guide the beginnings of the history of redemption. Joseph saw Jesus grow daily âin wisdom and in years and in divine and human favourâ (Lk 2:52). 2:19-20), was to establish a relationship.  Cf. âThe nobility of Josephâs heart is such that what he learned from the law he made dependent on charity. Deut 10:19; Ex 22:20-22; Lk 10:29-37. Mt 2:13-14). A Lei il nostro ringraziamento per come sta vivendo il ministero petrino richiamando l’essenzialità del messaggio evangelico che è amore, carità, servizio, attenzione verso l’altro. At times, difficulties bring out resources we did not even think we had. 19-20). The faith Christ taught us is what we see in Saint Joseph. Blessed Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. papa francesco #sinodofamiglia2014. Paradoxically, the evil one can also speak the truth to us, yet he does so only to condemn us. , Thanks to his role in salvation history, Saint Joseph has always been venerated as a father by the Christian people. That is why it is so important to encounter Godâs mercy, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where we experience his truth and tenderness. This is shown by the countless churches dedicated to him worldwide, the numerous religious Institutes, Confraternities and ecclesial groups inspired by his spirituality and bearing his name, and the many traditional expressions of piety in his honour. Special prayers are offered to him each Wednesday and especially during the month of March, which is traditionally dedicated to him.. Only when love is chaste, is it truly love. He needed to be defended, protected, cared for and raised by Joseph. Fathers are not born, but made. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Lettera a Papa Francesco: Passione e Speranza nella Chiesa (Italian Edition). We need only ask Saint Joseph for the grace of graces: our conversion. In the synagogue, during the praying of the Psalms, Joseph would surely have heard again and again that the God of Israel is a God of tender love, who is good to all, whose âcompassion is over all that he has madeâ (Ps 145:9). When he becomes like Joseph, who always knew that his child was not his own but had merely been entrusted to his care. All too often, we think that God works only through our better parts, yet most of his plans are realized in and despite our frailty. Encouraged by her own experience, Teresa persuaded others to cultivate devotion to Joseph. 1 Cor 1:27). We know that Godâs truth does not condemn, but instead welcomes, embraces, sustains and forgives us. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage, and defend us from every evil. 76.. Cf. PREGHIERA / AVVENTO E NATALE. The evangelist Luke, for his part, tells us that Joseph undertook the long and difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to be registered in his familyâs town of origin in the census of the Emperor Caesar Augustus. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The crisis of our time, which is economic, social, cultural and spiritual, can serve as a summons for all of us to rediscover the value, the importance and necessity of work for bringing about a new ânormalâ from which no one is excluded.  Lk 4:22; Jn 6:42; cf. Yet God acts through events and people. He did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it.  Cf. The spiritual path that Joseph traces for us is not one that explains, but accepts. Jn 1:46). Indeed, the proper mission of the saints is not only to obtain miracles and graces, but to intercede for us before God, like Abraham and Moses, and like Jesus, the âone mediatorâ (1 Tim 2:5), who is our âadvocateâ with the Father (1 Jn 2:1) and who âalways lives to make intercession for [us]â (Heb 7:25; cf. The Gospel does not tell us how long Mary, Joseph and the child remained in Egypt. From him, Jesus learned the value, the dignity and the joy of what it means to eat bread that is the fruit of oneâs own labour. Nor should we ever think that believing means finding facile and comforting solutions. Lettera a Papa Francesco . Obedience made it possible for him to surmount his difficulties and spare Mary. Reality, in its mysterious and irreducible complexity, is the bearer of existential meaning, with all its lights and shadows. Lk 15:11-32). An aspect of Saint Joseph that has been emphasized from the time of the first social Encyclical, Pope Leo XIIIâs Rerum Novarum, is his relation to work. A superficial reading of these stories can often give the impression that the world is at the mercy of the strong and mighty, but the âgood newsâ of the Gospel consists in showing that, for all the arrogance and violence of worldly powers, God always finds a way to carry out his saving plan. That child would go on to say: âAs you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to meâ (Mt 25:40). To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. A father who realizes that he is most a father and educator at the point when he becomes âuselessâ, when he sees that his child has become independent and can walk the paths of life unaccompanied.  Cf. Every child is the bearer of a unique mystery that can only be brought to light with the help of a father who respects that childâs freedom.  Cf. Gen 37:11-28) and who â according to the biblical account â subsequently became viceroy of Egypt (cf. During the hidden years in Nazareth, Jesus learned at the school of Joseph to do the will of the Father. People who do not appear in newspaper and magazine headlines, or on the latest television show, yet in these very days are surely shaping the decisive events of our history. Zum Hauptinhalt wechseln.