Saint Joseph is so special to the Catholic faithful, that we have two feast days set aside each year to honor him: March 19th and May 1st. Typically, on March 19th, we honor Saint Joseph as husband of Mary, and foster father to Jesus. We thank him for being such a good role model, as a faithful husband and father.
Today, we honor Saint Joseph, the Worker, a carpenter, by trade. He worked diligently to provide for his family. Humble in nature, compassionate in heart, he remained ever faithful to God, and Mary. Beyond his humility and compassionate nature, there is so much to admire about this beloved saint. He truly was a virtuous man in every respect. To this day, he continues to serve as an exemplar of virtue for men to follow.
Saint Joseph expressed his faithfulness to God, through his obedience in following God’s will. He took Mary, as his wife, and adopted Jesus as his son. He showed his caring nature, by protecting them from Herod. At the angel’s warning, Joseph hurried his family out of Israel, moving to Egypt, until Herod passed away. Upon the family’s return to Israel, Joseph persevered in poverty. Yet with trust in God, he provided for his family, as a carpenter. Everything that Joseph did, he did for the love of God the Father, Mary and Jesus.
Consult with Saint Joseph
What kind of impact does Saint Joseph have on your life? Do you turn to him in times of need, asking for his prayers and fatherly guidance? Have you had some difficulty in finding work? If so, then I suggest praying a novena to Saint Joseph. Ask him for his assistance in finding work and in providing guidance. He is ever ready to offer you his assistance. It’s up to you to ask. Go for it! You will be glad you did.
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This was originally published on May 1, 2017.