Joseph, He of Great Tenderness

Let Pope Francis tell it on the feast day today:

Through his work and generous presence, (Joseph) cared for and defended Mary and Jesus, delivering them from the violence of the unjust by bringing them to Egypt. The Gospel presents Joseph as a just man, hard-working and strong. But he also shows great tenderness, which is not a mark of the weak but of those who are genuinely strong, fully aware of reality and ready to love and serve in humility. That is why he was proclaimed custodian of the universal Church. He too can teach us how to show care; he can inspire us to work with generosity and tenderness in protecting this world which God has entrusted to us. (Laudato Si’ 242)

The image is a depiction of the painting by the French artist James Tissot.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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