It seems that the life of St Joseph of Cupertino has a message for parents, grandparents and guardians, who have the best interest of the children in their care.
In our enthusiasm to have the best for our kids, we might be caught up in pushing them to career paths that, in our opinion, will enhance their status in life.
While it is important to encourage our children to aim high, it is equally important to identify positive traits in our children and build on them, without comparing them to the achievements of others, so that they will develop a worthiness of self.
Each and every child, as an adult, will have a unique role to fulfil God’s plan. It is not important what role one holds in life but how one fulfils that role.
From a human point of view, St Joseph of Cupertino was a failure, considered as a fool, even as mentally disabled. And yet he was chosen to be an instrument for the manifestation of the greatness of God.
Christian precepts shout out loud that “God raises up the lowly.”
St Joseph came from a poor family and he was unintelligent. Even though he tried his best, he was not able to pass from his exams and this made it extremely difficult for him to become a priest. He prayed a lot and somehow, his wish became true, as he was accepted to enter in a congregation as a friar, and later he became a priest. He encouraged people to pray a lot, like he used to do. St Joseph of Cupertino is the Patron Saint of students sitting for exams.