Saint Joseph the Husband of Mary (1st century)

for March 19

Saint Joseph was the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus. Joseph was a just and compassionate man, and protected Mary from shame when he discovered that she was pregnant, even though he did not understand that her unborn child was the Son of God. We see evidence of Joseph's deep faith when he changed his plans in response to messages from God. Although God is Jesus' true father, Joseph fulfilled that role in daily life. He loved Jesus and treated him as his own son (Luke 4:22). He provided for the safety of his family (Matthew 2:13-14), and taught Jesus his trade (Mark 6:3). There are no more references to Joseph in the New Testament after the family's pilgrimage to Jerusalem (Luke 2:41-52), so he may have died before Jesus began his public ministry. Joseph is known as the patron saint of fathers and workers. We celebrate two feast days for him, March 19 for Joesph the husband of Mary, and May 1 for Joseph the worker. (Taken from "The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth.")

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Joseph had to believe without having seen. His faith stands as a strong witness for us. He trusted that the movement of the Holy Spirit in his heart and dreams was real, and he consented to follow God’s will. Have you taken time lately to listen for God in your life? (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)


Holy One, Joseph really shows me what it means to be faithful. I pray that when I am tested in the little things of my life, my faith will be as strong as his. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)