“In many ways our culture is like the world culture of Jesus’ time. He was born into a world dominated by paganism and violence. God commanded Joseph, the head of the Holy Family, to bring to safety “his precious treasures” (RC 1) Jesus and Mary. Now, as the Church is again surrounded by a destructive culture, she turns in prayer to Christ and invokes the protection and powerful intercession of Saint Joseph.”
John Paul II’s apostolic exhortation Redemptoris Custos theologically strengthened recovery of the value of Joseph. In this work, the Holy Father reveals the inner logic of Saint Joseph’s interior life and vocation. While his entire being was permeated by silence (we have no recorded words of Joseph) John Paul II saw this contemplative silence as the foundation for Joseph’s entire life.
from the preface of Redemptoris Custos The Guardian of the Redeemer written by John Paul II on St. Joseph