A Father in the Shadows

September 3, 2021

Greetings my brothers and sisters,

In our reflections on the Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde, issued by Pope Francis on the occasion of the Year of St. Joseph, we arrive at the last numbered section entitled, A Father in the Shadows. This is a reference to a work on St. Joseph by the Polish author, Jan Dobraczyński: a novel depicting the life of St. Joseph. The title of the book, “In the Shadow of the Father” refers to the assertion by the author that St. Joseph “Joseph was the earthly shadow of the heavenly Father: he watched over him and protected him, never leaving him to go his own way” (Patris Corde, 7).

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