“Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance.” This was confirmed by Blessed John Paul II, who in a meditation on St. Joseph, observed that St. Joseph is “a perfect incarnation of fatherhood in the human and at the same time holy family.”
It might be an email or a phone call, but they come in regularly now–enquiries from Evangelicals who are interested in the Catholic Church. They call me because they have heard that I was brought up as an Evangelical and graduated from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University–but now I’m a Catholic priest.
We all take as a given that the goal of Christianity is entering into eternal life; however, attaining this goal requires intense daily effort on our part. The spiritual life is not an easy endeavor because of our wounded human nature. True, Baptism washes away Original Sin, but we are left with the effects of Original Sin. We do not have complete control over ourselves. The spiritual life is a continual battle.