Saint Joseph: Powerful icon of Catholic fatherhood

As an icon of fatherhood, of nature transformed by grace, St. Joseph is best portrayed in statues and paintings as a young, strong father, not as an old man. The latter type subtly suggests a man incapable of the chastity to which Joseph was called and denies the power of grace to help combat our lower natures. The robust Joseph reminds all fathers in our struggles that grace can direct our wills to the good, provided that we make a sincere effort, asking for God’s help all the while.

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