Noble St. Joseph

[There] “are the reasons why men of every rank and country should hasten to the trust and guard of the blessed Joseph. Fathers of families find in Joseph the best personification of paternal solicitude and vigilance; spouses a perfect example of love, of peace, and of conjugal fidelity; virgins at the same time find in him the model and protector of virginal integrity. The noble of birth will earn of Joseph how to guard their dignity even in misfortune; the rich will understand, by his lessons, what are the goods most to be desired and won at the price of their labour. As to workmen, artisans, and persons of lesser degree, their recourse to Joseph is a special right, and his example is for their particular imitation. For Joseph, of royal blood, united by marriage to the greatest and holiest of women, reputed the father of the Son of God, passed his life in labour, and won by the toil of the artisan the needful support of his family. It is, then, true that the condition of the lowly has nothing shameful in it, and the work of the labourer is not only not dishonouring, but can, if virtue be joined to it, be singularly ennobled.

From the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII Quamquam Pluribies  on Devotion to St. Joseph

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One thought on “Noble St. Joseph

  1. St. Joseph is my inspiration as well as my advocate. He has heard me in my most darkest moments of despair and has brought both light and hope when it was most desperately needed. He is my most excellent friend. Thank you St. Joseph!

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