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The Holy Father has named the Year of St. Joseph beginning today, and concluding on Dec. 8, 2021.  He has allowed for plenary indulgences on several days of the year on certain liturgical days associated with Joseph.

Some excerpts from the Pope's Apostolic Letter, Patris Corde:

"Each of us can discover in Joseph – the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence – an intercessor, a support and a guide in times of trouble. Saint Joseph reminds us that those who appear hidden or in the shadows can play an incomparable role in the history of salvation. A word of recognition and of gratitude is due to them all."

"Joseph saw Jesus grow daily 'in wisdom and in years and in divine and human favor' (Lk 2:52). As the Lord had done with Israel, so Joseph did with Jesus: 'he taught him to walk, taking him by the hand; he was for him like a father who raises an infant to his cheeks, bending down to him and feeding him' (cf. Hos 11:3-4)."

"In Joseph, Jesus saw the tender love of God: 'As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him' (Ps 103:13)."

"Joseph is certainly not passively resigned, but courageously and firmly proactive. In our own lives, acceptance and welcome can be an expression of the Holy Spirit’s gift of fortitude. Only the Lord can give us the strength needed to accept life as it is, with all its contradictions, frustrations and disappointments."

"Jesus’ appearance in our midst is a gift from the Father, which makes it possible for each of us to be reconciled to the flesh of our own history, even when we fail to understand it completely."

"Fathers are not born, but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child. Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person."

"In every exercise of our fatherhood, we should always keep in mind that it has nothing to do with possession, but is rather a 'sign' pointing to a greater fatherhood. In a way, we are all like Joseph: a shadow of the heavenly Father, who 'makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust' (Mt 5:45). And a shadow that follows his Son."

Ref:  https://www.ncregister.com/news/pope-fra...-st-joseph
Ref:  http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/...corde.html