St. Joseph: Protector of the Holy Family

“Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;”

Matthew 1:20

Throughout his life, St. Joseph was hard working, yet humble, and he always made protecting Jesus and Mary his first priority. In the Bible, he never spoke a word. We might not think of him much outside of the Advent and Christmas seasons. Because of this, St. Joseph is sometimes overlooked and even forgotten. Regardless, the Holy Family wouldn’t be the same without its protector.

He was the only member of the Holy Family who wasn’t perfect, but he was still radically holy. In his humility, St. Joseph was afraid to be the father of Jesus. He didn’t think he was capable, but when Gabriel appeared to him in a dream and told him not to be afraid, he took on the role of the role of protector of the Holy Family.

With traveling to Bethlehem, escaping to Egypt, losing Jesus in the Temple, and facing criticism, the Holy Family endured various hardships, but St. Joseph absorbed them all. St. Joseph protected and helped Mary and Jesus through all of the struggled and shame that they faced, and he did so with grace. He loved Mary and Jesus with his whole heart.

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St. Joseph’s faith was so strong and he devoted himself to living a life of chastity. Because of this, the Chaste Heart of St. Joseph is often venerated along with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Like the loving father that St. Joseph is, he desires to help us as Jesus’ brothers and sisters grow closer to him. Because he lived in chastity so beautifully, he’s often invoked to grow in this virtue, and he loves to help us with it.

Recently, I prayed this Novena to St. Joseph for an increase in the virtue of chastity. It’s such a beautiful novena and I greatly enjoyed praying it. In this blog post from Bearing Good Fruit by Isabella, she lists several beautiful titles of St. Joseph and a lovely litany to him. I love to contemplate on his many titles and invoke his intercession through them. If you want to grow in chastity or if you want to pray for a current or future spouse or significant other, St. Joseph will gladly help you with your intentions like the loving and generous foster father that he is.

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