One thing I love about St. Joseph is that he doesn’t really get much glory. The American Catholic Saint of the day entry shares that the true greatness of this saint is manifested in the “undetermined number of years of quiet faith and courage.”
Quiet faith and courage.
That’s why he was a “just” man, according the the Good Book. As the American Catholic says, “By saying Joseph was ‘just,’ the Bible means that he was one who was completely open to all that God wanted to do for him. He became holy by opening himself totally to God.”
He was a just man because he gave his life to God when and how he was asked to do so.
Just an aside, St. Joesph is frequently depicted as an old man–as in the picture above–probably to depict his strength, wisdom, and protection. However, the custom during his time was that the man should marry sometime between the ages of 13 and 19, while the woman should marry between 12 and 16. Thus, since he was a “just” man, he obeyed laws and observed customs and would probably have been no more than 20 when Jesus was born.
That said, what old age suggests–strength, wisdom, protection–are all characteristics found within this saint.
Along with many others. He is the patron saint of a lot: prayer, the poor, those in authority, priests, religious, travelers, devotion to Mary, fathers, bursars, artisans, procurators, manual laborers, carpenters, and those who want a happy death.
We have many reasons to pray that he might intercede for us!
St. Joseph: Pray for Us!