The month of March is traditionally dedicated to St. Joseph, Spouse of our Lady, Protector of our Lord, and model of manhood, masculinity and fatherhood.
St Joseph was a just man, a tireless worker, the upright guardian of those entrusted to his care.
Chosen by God as trustworthy guardian & protector of Jesus & Mary & his leadership of the Holy Family, St. Joseph is declared as the protector & patron of the universal Catholic Church.
Sure, there are little to no quotes of St. Joseph, and it can almost seem like he plays an insignificant role in Church history, but nothing could be further from the truth.
-Solace of the wretched
-Terror of demons
-Guardian of virgins
-Pillar of families (my personal favourite)
-Mirror of patience
-Light among patriarchs
-Prince and Patron of the Universal Church
These are just a few of his titles and, boy, do they pack a punch! Wow!!
“Behold a faithful and prudent steward, whom the Lord set over His household”
– (Votive Mass of St. Joseph, Entrance Antiphon, Cf. Lk 12:42).
In addition, St. Joseph is also the patron of men, fathers, husbands, unborn children, workers, travellers, families, immigrants and more.
in tribulatione nostra confugimus, atque, implorato Sponsæ tuæ sanctissimæ auxilio, patrocinium quoque tuum fidenter exposcimus. Per eam, quæsumus, quæ te cum immaculata Virgine Dei Genitrice coniunxit, caritatem, perque paternum, quo Puerum Iesum amplexus es, amorem, supplices deprecamur, ut ad hereditatem, quam Iesus Christus acquisivit Sanguine suo, benignus respicias, ac necessitatibus nostris tua virtute et ope succurras.
Tuere, o Custos providentissime divinæ Familiæ, Iesu Christi sobolem electam; prohibe a nobis, amantissime Pater, omnem errorum ac corruptelarum luem; propitius nobis, sospitator noster fortissime, in hoc cum potestate tenebrarum certamine e cælo adesto; et sicut olim Puerum Iesum e summo eripuisti vitæ discrimine, ita nunc Ecclesiam sanctam Dei ab hostilibus insidiis atque ab omni adversitate defende: nosque singulos perpetuo tege patrocinio, ut ad tui exemplar et ope tua suffulti, sancte vivere, pie emori, sempiternamque in cælis beatitudinem assequi possimus.
St Joseph, pray for us! Enlighten and guard our families, as well as the Church universal.
St. Joseph, spouse of the Virgin Mary and foster father of Jesus, inspire fathers, husbands and men everywhere because you are literally Husband and Daddy goals!
ad Jesum per Mariam