Teach us to accept that we are loved precisely in that which is weakest in us.
Pope Francis’ prayer to St. Joseph at the conclusion of the general audience of January 19 focused on the tender love of the Father.
It also places before the saint the petition that we might avail of the Sacrament of Confession.
St Joseph, father in tenderness,
teach us to accept that we are loved precisely in that which is weakest in us.
Grant that we may place no obstacle
between our poverty and the greatness of God’s love.
Stir in us the desire to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation,
that we may be forgiven and also made capable of loving tenderly
our brothers and sisters in their poverty.
Be close to those who have done wrong and are paying the price for it;
Help them to find not only justice but also tenderness so that they can start again.
And teach them that the first way to begin again
is to sincerely ask for forgiveness, to feel the Father’s caress.