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A hired man, who is not a shepherd

and whose sheep are not his own,

sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,

and the wolf catches and scatters them.


St. Joseph has two feast days on the liturgical calendar. The first is March 19—Joseph, the Husband of Mary. The second is May 1—Joseph, the Worker.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Pope Leo XII encyclical 8/15/1889, QuamQuam Pluries (Devotion to St Joseph), Pope St John Paul II wrote on 8/15/1989 Redemptoris Custos (Guardian of the Redeemer). The importance of St Joseph in the Holy Family is underscored.

St Joseph is a loving father rather than a domineering paternal figure. Along with Mary, St Joseph is the first guardian of Divine Mercy. He was there in the humanity of Jesus realized in the homelife. He was present for the birth, circumcision, the announcing of His name, and His presentation.

St Joseph protected Mary and Jesus. He clothed, educated and taught Jesus the Mosaic law and taught Him to be a carpenter. As leader of the Holy Family, St Joseph made decisions. As a good father, he did ordinary things according to the Father's will and true to virtue. He loved Mary and Jesus. Through his manual labor as a carpenter, he provided for the Holy Family. He would lay down his life for the Holy Family. Not only did he take loving care of Mary and Jesus but he also, now, protects the mystical Body of Jesus Christ, the Church. God entrusts His most precious treasures to St Joseph, and therefore, he took part in the plan of Salvation.

"God placed him at the head of his family, a faithful and prudent servant, so that with fatherly care he might watch over His only begotten Son." (Redemptoris Custos)

St Joseph showed us the dignity of work, human worth, duties fulfilled and sharing in the work of the Creator. Entrusted to Mary and Jesus, he did as the Lord commanded, taking Mary as his wife and taking loving care of her and dedicating himself to the upbringing of Jesus.

References: Redemptoris Custos , 1989, St Pope John Paul II.

God bless you.


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