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. In my own life, I have seen the power of St. Joseph’s intercession in finding my friends jobs.

2. His Intercession is Powerful.

A seminarian once told me of the powerful intercession 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, I have witnessed this in my own life. St. Joseph has answered many of my 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 why every Catholic man should develop devotion to St. Joseph. With his feast day coming up in March, it is the perfect time to learn about this great saint and ask for his intercession 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

reprinted with permission from The Catholic Gentleman

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  1. St. Joseph. Thank you so much for granting my wishes! It was a miracle!
    Last year, for the first time I started this 30-day novena to St Joseph. I specified what I need! I want to have a bigger house in the Philippines so that every time I visit my family I have a place to stay with my kids and grandkids. I should be in a gated community and most especially it should be walking distance yo the church. And I want it on or before my 56th birthday, April 22, 2015.
    I wrote it in my journal. I started on Jan. 27 and on Feb. 17th, my husband told me that he wants to buy a house for me in the Philippines! And I asked him if he read my journal because there’s no way that he would know my prayers to St. Joseph. I could not believe it!!! I searched in the internet, I found what I like and spoke with the owner and haggled the price and my husband paid it in full on April 9th. And see this, it is a walking distance to the church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
    St. Joseph prayed for me so hard because I got everything I wished! It was really a miracle!!!

  2. St. Joseph is not only a mentor for men. I had a devotion to St. Joseph as a young girl in the late 60’s and with our Bishop’s permission , I took his name at Confirmation in the 70’s. Happy St. Joseph’s Day! I now have an eighteen year old named Joseph Daniel. Blessed is this saint.

  3. Saint Joseph I ask for prayers for my son. He is trying to get custody of his 15 year old son. My grandson has lived with me for 2 years while my son continued paying his mom child support. Now that he is trying to get custody legally she is trying to put a stop to it. She admits she has abandoned her son by leaving him with me and her attitude is “so what” My grandson needs stability and he wants to stay with us but if she will not cooperate this will have to go to court and that will mean lawyers and time away from my sons job. Please send her guardian angel to her to change her mind and let this go. My son is a good father and deserves to have custody.

  4. St. Joseph was literally entrusted to raise Our Lord, The Son of God, God Incarnate into a man here on Earth and to protect and provide for him and Mother Mary. No mortal human male has been given a higher honer that ever lived.

    Pray for my family and I, St. Joseph as well as all of us fathers who’ve come and gone and all fathers that are expecting or will one day be fathers. .Guide all of us to being better fathers, husbands, and men through your examples, deeds, Prayers, and thoughts. If I can be even 1/1000th of the Dad you were to our Lord and Savior I would think I was doing well. You are both my role model for fatherhood and my idol for your patience, kindness, love, and wisdom. May God’s Eternal Light always shine on you and may you always be an example of the virtues of being a family man.

  5. Thank you dear St.Joseph ….. For hearing all the prayers of the faithful,and the not so faithful, for hearing our prayers and answering them.
    You are forever in my heart.

  6. our family has a deep devotion to st. Joseph from our lolo, lola down to my parents, thank you dear st. Joseph for granting my prayer request through your intercession that my 31year old son got a job…i praise and thank you Lord

  7. I had to install new drainage pipes at my house, because water was getting into my garage, causing black mold. Whenever I hit a snag, and there were many, I would pray to St Joseph, and I immediately knew what to do. The whole installation took days, but it worked perfectly.

    Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt, I place you in all my interests and desires…

  8. Saint Joseph Husband of Mary Mother of Jesus Christ have come before you this Nineth day of Your great Novena prayers which is very important to me and my wife following her own friends guidance throughout the whole of our lifetime, since the last time we were together. Saint Joseph as my guardian Father of my family show us the way, the truth and the light of our Life, Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord graciously hear my prayers, Amen.

  9. Litanyin Honour of Saint Joseph:

    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
    Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
    God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
    God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
    God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
    Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

    Holy Mary, spouse of St. Joseph, Pray for us.

    Saint Joseph, confirmed in grace, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, guardian of the Word Incarnate, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, favorite of the King of Heaven, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, ruler of the family of Jesus, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, spouse of the ever-blessed Virgin, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, foster father to the Son of God, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, example of humility and obedience, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, mirror of silence and resignation, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, patron of innocence and youth, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, exited with Christ into Egypt, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, intercessor for the afflicted, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, advocate of the humble, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, model of every virtue, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, honored among men, Pray for us.
    Saint Joseph, in whom is the union of all Christian perfections, Pray for us.

    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Spare us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Graciously hear us, O Lord.
    Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,
    Have mercy on us.

    V. Pray for us, O holy Saint Joseph,
    R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
    Let Us Pray. Assist us, O Lord, we beseech Thee, by the merits of the spouse of Thy most holy Mother, that what our unworthiness cannot obtain, may be given us by his intercession with Thee, Who livest and reignest with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

    Prayer to Saint Joseph:
    O Saint Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O thou Saint Joseph, do assist me by thy powerful intercession, and obtain for me from thy Divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. O Saint Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee, and Jesus asleep in thy arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name
    and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. Saint Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for me. Amen.


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