Feast of St. Joseph the Worker –
Parents owe their children room and space to grow up. Although Joseph was careful to instruct his son in the duties and obligations of his faith, he gave Jesus plenty of room to make those values his very own. We can imagine Joseph needing help in the family carpenter shop when Jesus was down at the synagogue discussing the scriptures with the rabbis or out in the desert searching his heart for God. We are reminded on this feast that parents hold the destiny of their children in their hands.