This Year of St. Joseph is our chance to learn to live like St. Joseph: to be creatively courageous. Pope Francis calls us to consider the example of this great family man, and to bring his beautiful qualities into our homes, our families, our parishes, and our neighborhoods.
Use these downloadable resources to help you on your journey — and through their use, may they help you to trust in the Lord and learn to find courage to live the mission God has entrusted to your care!
Just as God told Joseph: “Son of David, do not be afraid!” (Mt 1:20), so he seems to tell us: “Do not be afraid!” We need to set aside all anger and disappointment, and to embrace the way things are, even when they do not turn out as we wish. Not with mere resignation but with hope and courage. In this way, we become open to a deeper meaning. Our lives can be miraculously reborn if we find the courage to live them in accordance with the Gospel. It does not matter if everything seems to have gone wrong or some things can no longer be fixed. God can make flowers spring up from stony ground. Even if our heart condemns us, “God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything” (1 Jn 3:20). –Pope Francis, With a Father’s Heart