Open to Listen

A Reflection by Dr. Lawrence Sutton

Recognizing that I had a good father but that I also needed to have a good spiritual father—Saint Joseph—was such a turning point in my life. I’ve learned to trust Joseph to guide me and to watch over me, much in the way that he must have with Mary and the child Jesus. Oh, the faith he must have had in God to have accepted Mary as his bride and to have accepted Jesus as his son; to have listened to God’s angels so many times and despite his fears and doubts to have persevered and trusted in God’s commands. Oh, if I could only have half the trust that Joseph had, my life would be so much freer of doubt and uncertainty.

Dear Saint Joseph, pray for me, and pray for all fathers to know what to do in hard times and good, to know how to do what they need to do for their families, and to know what they need to do to hear God.

Dr. Lawrence Sutton

Dr. Lawrence Sutton

Lawrence R. Sutton, Ph.D., is an ordained deacon and a psychologist specializing in developmental disabilities, especially autism spectrum disorders. He is the former Manager of the Western Region Office of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Autism Services and is currently the Director of the Pre-Theologian Formation program and teacher at St. Vincent College. He is nationally recognized for developing his own methodology for providing religious education to children with special needs.

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