In recent days I have been reflecting on Saint Joseph the foster father of Jesus and spouse of our Blessed Mother. I have been looking to him as a role model for me and all husbands and fathers. He stood patiently in the background raising our savior along side his wife Mary. When I hem and haw about my honey-do list and think what a pain in the butt, I need to remember these menial tasks pale in comparison to the task Joseph undertook when he accepted Gods call to be a husband to Mary and a foster father to Jesus. He did this without question. He did not require praise or people validating what he was doing. He was doing what a husband and father have the privilege to do, love his wife and child. So the next time I feel like I’m unappreciated or complaining about taking out the trash I only have to do what imagine Saint Joseph did and see that what I do is for the good of my family. I need to remember that the smiles and love from my wife and daughter are reward enough.
A Father’s Prayers of Petition
As the guardian of my family, that I constantly instill Catholic values, I pray to the Lord.
When I am discouraged and weary, give me the grace to be strong, I pray to the Lord.
To be a source of patience, understanding and love to my family, I pray to the Lord.
To teach my children always to do Your will, using the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph as examples, I pray to the Lord.
Help me willingly and joyfully to accept the sacrifices I must make for the common good of my family, I pray to the Lord.
Help me to instill in my children a love for Jesus and His Church so that they will be witness to others, I pray to the Lord.