"The Year of St. Joseph points us to Jesus' adoptive father, Joseph, as the essential model for fathers. Joseph not only manifests genuine masculinity, he also images God's own fatherhood, as Pope Francis makes clear in his apostolic letter, Patris Corde: 'In his relationship to Jesus, Joseph was the earthly shadow of the heavenly Father: he watched over him and protected him, never leaving him to go his own way.' Jesus, though the Son of God, obeyed Joseph, learned from him, and worked with him, acknowledging Joseph as a true expression of God's own fatherhood."God does not just use fatherhood as an image of himself, because he himself is Father, even within his own triune life. Earthly fatherhood comes forth from him and should manifest his life and love. . . ."
In a recent commentary, R. Jared Staudt, Ph.D.,Associate Superintendent for Mission and Formation for the Archdiocese of Denver, reflected on Saint Joseph as a role model for masculinity and fatherhood and on the need for these attributes to be loved.
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Denver Catholic: Jared Staudt: On Fathers and Christian Masculinity (15 JUN 21)