Adoption is a
loving and generous way for a child to be welcomed as part of a family. It
can also include uncertainty and other challenges—for the children waiting
to find "forever families," for the parents placing their children for
adoption, for the couples waiting to be matched with a child, and for so
This month, we
celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin
Mary.* Remembering his very special role as the earthly foster father of
Jesus, we invoke St. Joseph's intercession, asking the Lord to bless all
those for whom adoption has a place in their story. And, recalling the
mercy which God our Father has shown to us, we also ask that, through our
words and actions, they may encounter the outstretched hands of his mercy.
*Because March 19
falls on a Sunday this year, the observance of the Solemnity of St. Joseph
is Monday, March 20.