Saint Joseph, you were the foster father of Jesus and taught the Son of God everything from virtues to woodworking to how to pray. You protected him from harm, found him when he was lost, and provided for him as he grew up. Teach me how to be a good father. Show me how to practice and teach my children the virtues of faith, hope and love, courage, obedience, and love for the poor. As they grow up and choose their direction in life, lead me in giving them good advice. Let my children see me praying, and give me the courage and confidence to pray with them. Protect my children from harm as you once protected Jesus from the threats of Herod. Help me keep a job so that I can provide for them and teach them the value of honest work and trust in providence. Saint Joseph, patron of fathers, pray for me. Amen.
St. Joseph close to Jesus’ heart ask Jesus for the graces that I need. All those graces which are necessary for my spiritual and material well-being and that of others. For myself I ask the following spiritual graces: the fundamental virtues of the Christian life, the virtues of faith, hope and charity; the cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance; and all the other virtues which would lead me to holiness, to the glory of heaven.
For my needs and for those of my loved ones and all who have asked for my prayers, I ask for good health, the means for doing good and all that is necessary for daily living. I ask your heavenly Father in your name, Jesus, and through the intercessory prayers of St. Joseph, to bless the innocence of children and of youth, to give strength to those who work and are retired, comfort for the aged awaiting heaven, hope for those who are near death, and relief for the souls in purgatory. I believe what Jesus has told us, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you will receive it, and you will” (Mk. 11:24); “Ask, and it will be given you” (Mt. 7:7). Amen
At times when you feel that you lack a certain faith remember this. Faith is the greatest good. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Ones faith can be strengthened through prayer and the reading the word of God. “…whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
St. Joseph, I believe you had great faith. This was the foundation of your holiness. You served God faithfully. You meditated on sacred things, considering them as most necessary, useful, perfect and refreshing to the spirit. I believe that ones soul does not live on bread alone, but on the truth which comes from the mouth of God.
St. Joseph pray for me that I may hunger and thirst for divine wisdom, the true food for my soul. Amen
[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
St. Joseph is an integral part of the story of Advent, but let’s not be too facile about his calling to be the foster-father of Jesus Christ. Joseph’s obedience to the Angel’s message, his embrace of the truth of it, and his prompt action were extremely courageous elements of his role in the events that changed the course of history. Joseph the Fearless I call him, a well-deserved title in the face of the obstacles that he had to overcome in order to be the Messiah’s Guardian. All men have to ask themselves if they would have been up to the job, as Joseph was.
We are about to celebrate the feast of the Epiphany the day on which the three kings came to worship Our Lord, and Savior, Jesus Christ. They came bearing three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. These three gifts signify the virtues of faith, prayer and sacrifice.
Let us reflect that Joseph and Mary lived these three virtues in their lives. That of faith, believing the angel who told them to “have no fear”. That of prayer, for it is believed that Mary was at prayer when the angel appeared to her and Joseph was visited by an angel in his dream. That of sacrifice when they were asked to trust that the will of God for the coming of the Savior would be fulfilled through their obedience to all of God’s plans.
O Lord, as you worked in the lives of Mary and Joseph, let me be drawn to your love that you may work in me for the fulfillment of your plans.
May all peoples find in you through your Son, Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life, salvation and peace for their lives. Amen
St. Joseph, pure spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we humbly ask you to obtain for us a true devotion to our tender Mother, Teacher and Queen. By divine will, your mission was associated to Mary’s. With Mary you shared sufferings and joys; with her there was a holy rivalry in virtue, work and merits; union of mind and of heart. St. Joseph, pray for fathers and mothers. Obtain for us the grace to be devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to imitate her, to love her, to pray to her always. Draw many souls to her motherly heart. Amen
“Dear families, always live in faith and simplicity, like the Holy Family of Nazareth! The joy and peace of the Lord be always with you!” Pope Francis
St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, we bless the Lord for your intimate communication with him during his infancy and youth at Bethlehem, in Egypt and at Nazareth. You loved him with a father’s love and he loved you with the love of a son. Your faith made you adore in him the Incarnate Son of God, while he obeyed you, served you, listened to you. You held pleasant conversations with him, shared work, great sufferings and most tender consolations. Obtain for us the grace never to offend Jesus. Pray for us that we may always receive the sacraments of the Holy Eucharist and Reconciliation fittingly, attain to to a great intimacy with and a tender and strong love for Jesus while on earth, and possess him forever in heaven. Amen.
“The name of trustee is a sign of esteem and an indication of a man’s integrity. When we are going to entrust something to somebody, we choose one of our friends whose virtue is best recognized, whose fidelity is most reliable, whom we know intimately and trust thoroughly. What then must be St. Joseph’s glory? God made him trustee, not simply of blessed Mary, whose angelic purity is so precious in his eyes, but also of his own Son, who is the special object of his love and our sole hope of salvation: as guardian of Jesus Christ, St. Joseph was made trustee of the treasure that is common to God and man. No eloquence can add anything to the grandeur and majesty of that.” Bossuet