A just man. That is how Joseph is described by Sacred Scripture, that he was a just/righteous man. He is the icon of fatherhood. To Joseph the Heavenly Father entrusted the fathering of His Divine Son, Whom God had conceived in the Joseph’s spouse Mary. Very little of St. Joseph’s life is recorded in Sacred Scripture, and not one word of his is preserved there. Yet, in this quiet, almost hidden life, Joseph faithfully lived out his role as spouse and father in the Holy Family. Now in Heaven, Joseph faithfully carries out his role as spiritual father to the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. With the same love and devotion Joseph applied to the Christ Child, he now gives to each one of us who belong to Christ.
St. Joseph is the primary patron of Canada. In Montreal is the world’s largest shrine dedicated to the honour of St. Joseph (St. Joseph’s Oratory).
Heavenly Father, we do well always and everywhere to give you thanks as we honour St. Joseph. He is the just man, that wise and loyal servant, whom you placed at the head of your household. Grant us to entrust ourselves more intimately to our spiritual father, St. Joseph.