“I ask for you the grace to be ever closer to your children, allow them to grow, but be close, close! They need you, your presence, your closeness, your love. May you be for them as St Joseph was: guardians of their growth in age, wisdom and grace. May you guard them on their journey: be educators and walk with them.” ~ Pope Francis, March 19, 2014
Saint Joseph, earthly father of Jesus, is the patron saint of fathers and grandfathers. A loving supporter of his family, Saint Joseph trusted in God to guide him. Fathers are one of the first teachers of their children; we ask God to bless them so that they may courageously accept this role with its many demands and responsibilities.
This Father’s Day, please join me in honouring all those who fill the role of father, just as St. Joseph did, and share their love, wisdom and patience as they nurture our children along life’s journey.
God our Father,
We give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.
We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation;
May they find courage and perseverance
To balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.
We pray for fathers around the world
Whose children are lost or suffering;
May they know that the God of compassion
Walks with them in their sorrow.
We pray for men who are not fathers
But still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.
We remember fathers, grandfather, and great grandfathers
Who are no longer with us
But who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.