Never can tell what a day will bring, even in the monastery. Did not know yesterday morning when I got up that within the next 24 hours or so I would drive to Buffalo and back on an errand of mercy. At the end of this day, I think that St. Joseph may have had a hand in making it happen. Under his title, St. Joseph the Worker, he is the patron of the enterprise by which we sustain our community, that is, making ceremonial capes for the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre. It was for the sister in charge of that operation that we made the trip. Through wind and snow squalls sturdy Joseph guided us home.
At Mass this evening Father Thomas Travers, CSsR (see link to his homilies in the sidebar) said that values are learned from those who surround us in childhood. Although we do not know much about Joseph, we can safely assume his values and character from those displayed by Jesus; his compassion, courage, prayerfulness, sense of justice and more. I prayed for all the young fathers who are exercising this influence today and asked that through the intercession of St. Joseph they receive the gifts of wisdom , love, and steadfastness and courage for their challenging responsibility.