The 4th Sunday of Easter is the Good Shepherd Sunday and a day in which vocations are especially remembered and prayed for. It is for this reason it will be good to remember the message written by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, on the 19 March 2021, the Feast of St. Joseph.
In the message subtitled: “Saint Joseph: The Dream of Vocation” the Holy Father, Pope Francis says he wrote the Apostolic Letter Patris Corde, whose aim was “to increase our love for this great saint”. Saint Joseph is an extraordinary figure, yet at the same time one “so close to our own human experience”.
In his usual three points approach the Holy Father speaks of three things about St. Joseph; Dream, of which he says Saint Joseph has much to tell us in this regard, because, through the dreams that God inspired in him, he made of his life a gift; Service, and here the Holy Father says Joseph lived entirely for others and never for himself; Fidelity, where the Pope says Joseph is the “righteous man” who daily perseveres in quietly serving God and his plans.
The Pope ended the message by asking the intercession of St. Joseph, “May Saint Joseph, protector of vocations, accompany you with his fatherly heart!”
Read the full message here MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS FOR THE 2021 WORLD DAY OF VOCATIONS