Saint Joseph had the honor of being the foster-father of Jesus. You have to wonder at the thoughts that went through Saint Joseph’s head as he watch Jesus grow up knowing his foster son was destined for something the world had been praying for but had no true idea how it would come about.
The feast day of Saint Joseph is celebrated throughout most of the world. In Poland and Canada, it is a day to include all the people bearing the name of Joseph or Josephone or derivatives of said name. It also provides a day of celebration for the churches and school who have honored this saint by being named after him. In Italy, Portugal, Spain, Portugal, and Switzerland.
The date of March 19th was set for dedication to Saint Joseph in Western calendars by the 10th century.
Dear husband of Mary, dear nurse of her Child!
LIfe’s ways are full weary, the desert is wild;
Bleak sands are all round us, no home can we see;
Sweet spouse of our Lady, we lean upon thee..
F. Faber: The patronage of St. Joseph (19th century.