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Published: June 14, 2018
"God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless our father. Let the example of his faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, his family, may honor him always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen." — Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers
On Father's Day we celebrate the dads in our lives. Though it is generally expressed through cards and gifts, Father's Day gives us the chance to focus on how important fathers are in our families and communities. Given the challenges facing fathers these days, having positive role models can make all the difference.
Just as Mary is the greatest role model for mothers, St. Joseph, her husband and foster father to Jesus, can guide any father down the right path. “If a person cannot find anyone to teach him how to pray, let him take this glorious saint for his guide, and he will not lose his way," said St. Teresa of Avila referring to St. Joseph.
St. Joseph's faith and obedience to God inspired his devotion for his family. In "Five Lessons from St. Joseph," author Randy Hain points out attributes that serve as a helpful guide to fathers:
1.) St. Joseph was obedient. "Joseph was obedient to God’s Will throughout his life," Hain, a father of two wrote. "How often does our pride and willfulness get in the way of our obedience to God?"
2.) St. Joseph was selfless. "His devotion to his family is a model for fathers today who may be allowing disordered attachments to the things of this world distort their focus and hinder their vocations."
3.) St. Joseph led by example. "None of his words are written in Scripture, but we can clearly see by his actions that he was a just, loving and faithful man. We often think that we primarily influence others by what we say, when so often we are watched for our actions."
4.) St. Joseph was a worker. "We can all learn a great lesson from Saint Joseph, who is also the patron saint of workers, on the value of our daily work and how it should exist to glorify God, support our families and contribute to society."
5.) St. Joseph was a leader. Among others, "He led as a man of faith when he obeyed God in all things, took the pregnant Mary as his wife and later brought the Holy Family safely to Egypt."
The following resources may also offer support and guidance to fathers:
These links might be helpful with gift ideas or offer advice on celebrating Father's Day.
5 Ways to Celebrate a Catholic Dad on Father’s Day — The Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles offer these suggestions that would make Dad feel special through gifts of your time.
8 Great Father’s Day Gifts for Catholic Dads — Relevant Radio offers these gift ideas that are uniquely Catholic.
Father’s Day- Don’t Forget your Priest! — This blog post from Catholic Icing offers creative gift ideas for your pastor on Father's Day.