.- Bishop Jorge Lozano of Gualeguaychu, Argentina is urging Catholic men to learn from St. Joseph, rather than the examples of masculinity the world embraces today.
âSometimes the image we have of a real man is a fuzzy caricature of the ideal: having lots of money, enjoying many women, having no commitments,â the bishop wrote in his weekly column on March 20.
His article was published in the newspaper âCronica.â
âSome say the current crisis in society has to do with a crisis among men,â the bishop continued.
âIn reality, we are at a time in which the roles of men and women in the family and in society are being redefined,â he said. âWhen this dimension of complementarity (between men and women) is lost, we run the risk of turning each other into âthingsâ and losing respect for the qualities proper to each sex and that make up the person,â the bishop wrote.
âWe can end up superficially trivializing each other and valuing our bodies as if they were a reality disconnected from our histories and our families,â he added.
St. Joseph âwas humble, simple and quiet. He saw himself as part of a people and understood its history. He awaited the fulfillment of the promises made by God centuries before,â Bishop Lozano noted.
âGod spoke to him in dreams, and St. Joseph knew how to listen and let himself be guided. He was a migrant because of the persecution of Herod. He earned his living by working with his hands. He was a simple man with unique treasures under his care: his life and the lives of his loved ones.
âTell me, beloved reader: Is St. Joseph very different from you?â the bishop asked.