Good and gracious God, you showed us the importance of fathers when you chose Joseph to care for your Son.
Bless all the fathers who share your unconditional love with their children.
Bring comfort to those fathers who have lost children, or are estranged from their children, and all those who mourn the loss of their beloved fathers.
Share your blessings with all those who yearn for a father’s love and heal those wounded by a father’s fallibilities.
Bless all men who mentor and nurture children who are not their own and become fathers to children who need them.
Help us, the sons and daughters of their hearts and bodies, to return their love and honor them as Jesus honored Joseph.