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5 Reasons Every Man Should Love And Be Devoted To St. Joseph 

5 Reasons Every Man Should Love And Be Devoted To St. Joseph 

5 Reasons Every Man Should Love St. Joseph


St. Joseph often slips under the radar because of his quiet demeanor and hidden life. However, he has much to teach us about growing in holiness. Here are 5 reasons to discover St. Joseph.

1. He is the Patron Saint of Workers.

As men work takes up a great portion of our lives. Often we struggle to work in a way that honors God. St. Joseph can teach us how to work well if we ask him. One way to do this is to start your work day with a prayer to St. Joseph.

St. Joseph is also good to invoke if you are having difficulty finding a job. He was commissioned to provide for the Son of God, so he fully understands the pressure men face to provide for their families. There have been testimonies on the power and intercessions of St. Joseph in finding jobs, especially for Men. 

2. His Intercession is Powerful.

A seminarian, relayed the powerful intercessions of St. Joseph. He explained that whenever he needed something, he asked for St. Joseph’s help, and his needs were met. Over the past few years, many have witnessed this in their own life. St. Joseph has answered many prayers whether it be finding a job or starting a family. In her autobiography, St. Teresa of Avila gives us some insight into why St. Joseph’s intercession is so powerful:

To other saints, the Lord seems to have given grace to succor us in some of our necessities, but of this glorious saint my experience is that he succors us in them all, and that the Lord wishes to teach us that, as He was Himself subject to him on earth, (for, being His guardian and being called His father, he could command Him) just so in Heaven He still does all that he asks.

3. He Models Fatherhood for Us.

God the Father chose St. Joseph from all men to be the foster-father of Jesus. That truly says something about his character, for he was entrusted with leading, providing for and protecting the Son of God and God’s greatest creature, Our Lady. Joseph faithfully served the Holy Family and protected them from danger so that they could fulfill God’s mission.

St. Joseph taught Jesus in his humanity how to be a man. No doubt he taught him how to be a faithful Jew, as well as the trade of carpentry. He models well for us fathers how to be the spiritual leaders of our families. Like St. Joseph, we are called to show the love of God the Father to our wives and children.

4. He was an obedient man

Every time God asked him to do something, Joseph was eager to say yes. Whether that was taking Mary as his wife, going to Bethlehem for the census, or fleeing with his family to Egypt, Joseph always followed God’s will immediately. In an age where we are told to do things our own way, Joseph is a great reminder that true greatness is found in following God’s will, not our own.

5. He was a man of silence

We never hear a word from St. Joseph in the Bible for he was a man of great silence. Because of this silence, he was able to hear God’s voice and discern his will for the Holy Family. In an age of noise and many words, Joseph reminds us that if we wish to hear God’s voice, we must quiet our hearts and enter into the silence.

Go to Joseph!

These are just a few of the many reasons every Catholic man should develop devotion to St. Joseph. It is the perfect time to learn about this great saint and ask for his intercessions to live a holy life.

Some Saints are privileged to extend to us their patronage with particular efficacy in certain needs, but not in others; but our holy patron St. Joseph has the power to assist us in all cases, in every necessity, in every undertaking. – St. Thomas Aquinas

The Power Of St. Joseph The ‘Terror Of Demons’

The Power Of St. Joseph The ‘Terror Of Demons’

The Power of St. Joseph

Although detailed accounts of St. Joseph’s life remains scarce, we learn from Scriptures and Sacred Tradition about his unshakeable faith, his assiduous perseverance, his admirable purity and his exceptional humility.

How much attention to you give to the man who was the earthly adoptive father and protector of Jesus, and the virtuous husband to Mary? Imagine how much Jesus and Mary love him. He had to be the holiest man who ever walked the earth having been chosen to live under the same roof with God and the Mother of God. Imagine that!

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective” (James 5:16). Prayers to St. Joseph must be very powerful and effective. The Catholic Church considers him to be the Protector of the Universal Church. He is also known as the “Terror of Demons,” and the patron of fathers and families. How could we not call on him?

 Apparitions of St. Joseph

There are two-Church approved apparitions in which Joseph appeared: Knock, Ireland, in 1879 and Our Lady of Fatima in 1917. In Knock, on the evening of August 21, fifteen people witnessed a vision of the Blessed Mother wearing a golden crown, St. John wearing a bishop’s mitre and holding a Bible, and St. Joseph with a gray beard and robed in white. An altar was behind them with a cross and a lamb on it.  

On Oct. 13, during the final vision in Fatima, St. Joseph appeared holding the baby Jesus. St. Lucia recounted: “When Our Lady disappeared in the immense distance of the sky, next to the sun we saw Saint Joseph holding the Child Jesus and Our Lady dressed in white with a blue mantle. Saint Joseph and the Child seemed to be blessing the world making the sign of the cross.”

St. Joseph’s protection must be great indeed for God to make him the protector of the Holy Family. With families today under attack in so many ways, we should call on him often throughout the day.

St. Joseph Gems

Someone who loves St. Joseph very much is Father Donald Calloway. In his most recent book, ‘St. Joseph Gems’, he has gathered the largest collection of quotes about St. Joseph ever published in one place. They are selected from the writings of popes, saints, blesseds, and the many venerables of the Church, shedding light on St. Joseph’s incredible example and his power as an intercessor.

Here are some of those quotes:

“If it is true that the Blessed Virgin is the keeper of all heavenly graces, that her love for the elect is the source of their glory and happiness, what must be the glory of St. Joseph whom she was obliged to love above all the saints, just as a good wife must love her husband above all men. Meditate on this.” —Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

“There are many saints to whom God has given the power to assist us in the necessities of life, but the power given to St. Joseph is unlimited: It extends to all our needs and all those who invoke him with confidence are sure to be heard.” —St. Thomas Aquinas.

“Jesus and Mary themselves obey and offer their homage to St. Joseph, for they reverence what the hand of God has established in him, namely, the authority of spouse and authority of father.” —Pope Pius XI.

“Jesus and Mary bent their whole wills to Joseph’s, for he was the head of the Holy Family, but they lovingly surrendered their hearts to him as well.” —St. Peter Julian Eymard.

“The angel of the Lord revealed to Joseph the dangers which threatened Jesus and Mary, forcing them to flee to Egypt and then to settle in Nazareth. So too, in our time, God calls upon us to recognize the dangers threatening our own families and to protect them from harm.” —Pope Francis.

“Jesus slept with the protection of Joseph.” —Pope Francis.

“To fathers of families, Joseph is a superlative model of paternal vigilance and care.” —Pope Leo XIII

“O Blessed Joseph, be ever mindful of us; give us the benefit of your powerful prayers.” —St. Bernardine of Siena.

“No husband and wife ever loved one anther so much as Joseph and Mary.—Venerable Fulton J. Sheen.

“The growth of Jesus ‘in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man’ (Luke 2:52) took place within the Holy Family under the eyes of Joseph, who had the important task of ‘raising’ Jesus, that is, feeding, clothing, and educating him in the Law and in a trade, in keeping with the duties of a father.” —St. John Paul II.

How Old Was St. Joseph When Mary Gave Birth To Jesus? 

How Old Was St. Joseph When Mary Gave Birth To Jesus? 

Was he a  young man or an old widower?

Not much is heard or written of St. Joseph in the Bible. He is simply described as the “husband of Mary,” a “carpenter,” and a “just man” in the Gospel accounts. Neither his age nor his death is ever mentioned in scripture.

However, various traditions help shed some light on the question and offer possible scenarios to consider.

A very common tradition in the Orthodox Church is that Joseph was an old man when he married the Virgin Mary. Before taking Mary into his home, Joseph’s previous wife (with whom he had had several children) died. This has led some to claim that these children were the “brothers” of Jesus that are mentioned in the Gospels.

A 6th century text called The History of Joseph the Carpenter is at the heart of this tradition and states that Joseph was an old man, but youthful in vigor.

At length, by increasing years, the old man arrived at a very advanced age. He did not, however, labor under any bodily weakness, nor had his sight failed, nor had any tooth perished from his mouth. In mind also, for the whole time of his life, he never wandered; but like a boy he always in his business displayed youthful vigor, and his limbs remained unimpaired, and free from all pain. His life, then, in all, amounted to one hundred and eleven years, his old age being prolonged to the utmost limit.

On the other hand many biblical scholars and historians believe Joseph was a young man, possibly even a teenager. The International Marian Research Institute states, “we believe that Mary and Joseph were both in their teens when Jesus was born, around sixteen and eighteen respectively. This was the norm for Jewish newlyweds at that time.”


Venerable Fulton Sheen shares a similar sentiment in The World’s First Love, “Joseph was probably a young man, strong, virile, athletic, handsome, chaste, and disciplined, the kind of man one sees … working at a carpenter’s bench … He was not in the evening of life, but in its morning, bubbling over with energy, strength, and controlled passion.”


This theory takes into account the long journeys that the Holy Family took around Jesus birth. The first from Nazareth to Bethlehem and the second when they fled into Egypt. It is hard to imagine an elderly Joseph taking care of Mary and Jesus as they go into a foreign country.

Whatever the truth is, Joseph was a “just man” who did all he could to protect and provide for Mary and Jesus. He looked upon them with a tender heart and loved them both with a deep and abiding love.

St. Joseph, chaste spouse of Mary and foster father of Jesus, pray for us! 

How Did St. Joseph Die?

How Did St. Joseph Die?

​How did St. Joseph die?

St. Joseph the worker

 

His departure is known as the perfect example of a “happy death.”

Little is known factually concerning the life of St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus. He is mentioned only a few times in the Gospels, and never says a word.

However, most biblical scholars believe Joseph died prior to Jesus’ crucifixion. This is mainly due to the fact that Joseph was not present at the crucifixion and in the Gospel of John, Jesus entrusts his mother to someone outside the family (cf. John 19:27).

Keeping in mind this historical scenario, many traditions hold that Jesus died in the arms or presence of Jesus and Mary. It’s a beautiful image, one that has led the Church to proclaim Joseph the patron saint of a “happy death.”

There are numerous accounts of this moment, but one that is particularly touching is from the writings of Venerable Mother Mary of Jesus of Agreda (aka the bi-locating nun). She wrote about the episode in “Mystical City of God,” and is recorded as a private revelation.

Then this man of God, turning toward Christ, our Lord, in profoundest reverence, wished to kneel before Him. But the sweetest Jesus, coming near, received him in his arms, where, reclining his head upon them, Joseph said: “My highest Lord and God, Son of the eternal Father, Creator and Redeemer of the World, give thy blessing to thy servant and the works of thy hand; pardon, O most merciful King, the faults which I have committed in thy service and intercourse. I extol and magnify Thee and render eternal and heartfelt thanks to Thee for having, in thy ineffable condescension, chosen me to be the spouse of thy true Mother; let thy greatness and glory be my thanksgiving for all eternity.” The Redeemer of the world gave him his benediction, saying: “My father, rest in peace and in the grace of my eternal Father and mine; and to the Prophets and Saints, who await thee in limbo, bring the joyful news of the approach of their redemption.” At these words of Jesus, and reclining in his arms, the most fortunate Saint Joseph expired and the Lord himself closed his eyes.

Whatever did happen, Joseph must have died a “happy death” surrounded by the most loving wife and son in the whole universe.

Here is a short prayer to St. Joseph, asking him to intercede for us that our death may be “happy” as well.

 

O BLESSED JOSEPH, who yielded up thy last breath in the arms
of Jesus and Mary, obtain for me this grace, O holy Joseph,
that I may breathe forth my soul in praise, saying in spirit,
if I am unable to do so in words:

“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give Thee my heart and my soul.”
Amen.

 

This article was written by Philip Kosloski for Aleteia.

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