Pope Francis, in his document ‘Patris Corde’, given for this year as the Year of St Joseph, wrote: ‘The greatness of Saint Joseph is that he was the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus. In this way, he placed himself, in the words of Saint John Chrysostom, “at the service of the entire plan of salvation”. Saint Paul VI pointed out that Joseph concretely expressed his fatherhood “by making his life a sacrificial service to the mystery of the incarnation and its redemptive purpose. He employed his legal authority over the Holy Family to devote himself completely to them in his life and work. 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 home”’.

Surely, as Joseph gazed upon the child Jesus as He grew up, learned the graces of contemplative prayer. He is alongside us too as we seek to learn the paths of prayer, steady and loving. May he pray for us, and may this day be a day of joy and blessing for you.