Saint Joseph, the faithful foster-father and guardian of Jesus and Mary, stands humbly behind them.  He was chosen by God as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, his wife.  He carried out his duties with complete fidelity.  Through him, Christ was fittinly and honorably introduced into the world.  After our gratitude to Mary for being chosen to bring Christ into the world, we must acknowledge Saint Joseph for not only bringing the noble line of patriarchs and prophets to its promised fulfillment, but for being the kindly caretaker of Our Blessed Lord and Our Blessed Mother.  At a time when Mary could have been stoned to death for being pregnant without being married, Saint Joseph obeyed the words of the angel and took her into his home.

Thank you, dear Saint Joseph, for the justice and the fidelity that enabled the greatest event in human history to unfold.  Pray for us that in our world today men can muster the mercy and grace which you showed to the world.  Help the fatherless families that need your support and help fathers to be faithful to their duties in life.  We need your help, dear Saint Joseph, now more than ever.  I ask in the name of your foster-child, Jesus the Christ.


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