St. Joseph March 19

March 19 is the Solemnity of St. Joseph, husband of Mary and Patron Saint of Canada.  Solemnity of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Franciscan Media St. Joseph

Pope Francis in his own words on St Joseph

From the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto

From the Archdiocese of Toronto


To the door of Joseph the joiner,
Joseph the mender
Joseph the house-builder of Mary,
Came what was broken,
hoped for.
Touched by the story —
in mid seed-time, a broken yoke,
rains coming and a roof beam rotting,
a new ladle, loom or cradle sought.
Listening to and loving the wood,
Joseph the Dreamer,
the Just
the One-Who-Gives-Increase,
Touched the wood
with hands that knew
“This is God’s Body”
And woe, work, world were whole,
 were home.
By Sr. Gwen Smith CSJ

St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal St. Joseph

I Lift Up My Needs in Prayer

Joseph, with Jesus and Mary, you knew hunger, uncertainty, and illness.

You turned your heart to God to lift up your needs and those of your family.

In faith you accepted the Father’s response as events unfolded.

Be with me today as I offer my requests to the Father.

Joseph, let me recognize God’s will as I open my hands to accept what God bestows in loving kindness.

With tenderness, God fills creation with life and love.

Open my eyes to the wonders that God works without ceasing.

Let me learn the true intention behind my request so that I may discover

within myself the lowly one that God commends. Amen.

St. Joseph and Jesus, Georges de la Tour. For more images of St. Joseph see

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