March 19 is the feast of St. Joseph, the man who raised Jesus. He was a man who listened to his dreams and had to adapt to a life that he might not have planned.
Over the course of history we have witnessed the effects and power of the patriarchical institutions and men of machismo, Putin being a modern manifestation of such. St. Joseph is an example of masculine energy and grace and protection that is different. It is good to hold up different models of manhood, different strengths and ways of doing things.
Joseph had to adapt, had to find deeper places of love, and had to have the strength to say we need to flee when the time came. He listened to his dreams and was able to bring God into our lives more deeply.
I wonder how much influence and effect he had on Jesus, and as such on civilization.
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