What did the carpenter, Joseph, have in his tool box that made him the chosen foster father of Jesus? On this Feast of St. Joseph, we honor him and draw inspiration from him.
As a builder, Joseph built a house to shelter the members of his family, but more importantly, as a husband and father, he created a home for his Holy Family to thrive in. Joseph had a profound faith in God and became a model of unshakable hope for his family and for us today. He filled his life with generous love and shared in the ups and downs of family life.
Think about your own family. What tools (characteristics) are necessary to create a loving and peace-filled home? What about in your work? Invite your family to talk about this. Let us know what you all come up with in the comment space below.
Let us close our time together with a simple prayer to St. Joseph:
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!