|St. Joseph the Carpenter, by Georges de La Tour, 1640s.|
Blame God for undervalued fatherhood—or blame Christian biblical stories thatomit Dad from Jesus Christ’s life: Josephis invisible, thus, human father-hood is nowhere, and tenderness—displayedby silent Josephs in nativityscenes everywhere—is unremarked ratherthan marked as Exceptional, Desirable.Thank God that Joseph accepted Marydespite doubt and rumor, loved and caredfor wife and child. Thank God for hiswillingness to uproot his home, to trustholy bonds, to work and to love children.May Joseph’s spirit grow in everyone.
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