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Second Week of Advent

Joseph as Protector

“As we place, ourselves in the position of Jesus in St. Joseph's arms, we can learn the greatest experience of fatherhood. We learn from St. Joseph what it means to be unconditionally loved. It is an invitation to be little and childlike, and when we take the risk of being vulnerable like a child, we get a taste of divine love and we experience a father's tenderness for his son.”

Fr. Boniface Hicks,
Through the Heart of St. Joseph



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Video Reflection

In week two of Behold, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, reflects on St. Joseph as our protector, the role of fathers, and our own human fathers. You may see your own father reflected in the life of St. Joseph or you may deeply yearn for a father (or father figure) who is more like St. Joseph. Sr. Miriam encourages you to acknowledge the pain in your heart for your father and to pray that the Lord will bless him and bring you into deeper healing with him.

Podcast Episode

Fr. Josh Johnson headshot for Ave Explores: Advent podcast episodeJoseph as Protector with Fr. Josh Johnson

December 4, 2022 | 42 min.

Fr. Josh Johnson, host of the podcast Ask Fr. Josh, reflects on the essential role of fathers in families and in the Church. He also discusses how fathers—through their role as protectors and shepherds—can inspire and transform a family.

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