Fathers are more than providers, and St. Joseph is their example, archbishop says

The relic of the holy cloak of St. Joseph at the Basilica di San Giuseppe al Trionfale in Rome Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera López of Monterrey, president of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference, said in a Father's Day message that fathers are not just providers and that their example is St. Joseph.

In his message "Being fathers following the example of St. Joseph," the archbishop stressed that "as sons and daughters, we shouldn’t see our fathers as simple material providers that help us get through day to day living."

“Dads are more than providers, they are true companions in life, forgers of encouragement and hope that help us to fully develop,” the prelate emphasized.

Although "in some families, the presence of the father is nil or distant, we have the option of turning to the experience and wisdom of our grandfather, who can also accompany us, giving clarity to the moments in which darkness seems to prevail," Archbishop Cabrera continued.

In this regard, he said, “Pope Francis encourages fathers to have St. Joseph, the husband of the Virgin Mary, as an intercessor and a role model, who fully fulfilled his mission as a father, taking up his commitment to accompany Jesus and the Virgin Mary, giving them everything they needed.”

"Nowadays, says the pope, many people suffer from different circumstances, lack of work, the consequences of the pandemic, despair, among many other things," the archbishop noted.

Therefore, the pope "invites us to have recourse to the encouragement, help and inspiration of St. Joseph, who with his luminous testimony in dark times, presents us with the guiding light to follow to face any need in life."

The Archbishop of Monterrey asked those who don’t have a father "not to feel abandoned, God never leaves any of his children."

“I’m sure that He himself will place beside you someone who can play an important role in your life and will accompany you in the realization of all your projects and dreams,” the president of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference said.

This story was first published by ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner. It has been translated and adapted by CNA.

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