Monday, March 19, 2012
He stood by the Blessed Mother and he stood by the Holy Child. There were good reasons for him not to. But he was a man of prayer, and somewhere in his heart of hearts he knew that the position of faithful father figure stood true to his calling. As the spouse of Mary he became a pivotal figure in gathering the Holy Family into the loving arms of one who cares.
May all human fathers, spouses, and men of honor remember how standing by the vulnerable in the social order is the highest of all callings.
How seldom do we hear manly men stand up for those who are indeed vulnerable.
"Man up"! Stand up for those who need you to care, beginning with the poor the disenfranchised, the outcast. Can men be men enough to "Man up" in this way? St. Joseph's Day can lead us in that direction.
Happy St. Joseph's Day!