He awoke this morning and noted that Father was away.
He threw open the front door just to be sure, and discovered that sister’s bike was in disrepair.
Hurriedly, he set off to recover his trusty tool box.
Young as he is, he had no knowledge of who’s great feast we celebrate today.
He knew nothing of the Carpenter.
Yet still he labored, attempting to take care of what his Father, due to distance, could not.
He stepped in to fulfill the role of provider and protector.
He will be a good father. This, I trust.
Prayer to St. Joseph
To thee, O Blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our tribulations, and while imploring the aid of thy most holy Spouse, we confidently invoke thy patronage also. By that love which united thee to the Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, and by the fatherly affection with which thou didst embrace the Infant Jesus, we humbly beseech thee graciously to regard the inheritance which Jesus Christ purchased with His Blood and to help us in our necessities, by thy powerful intercession.
Protect, O most provident Guardian of the Holy Family, the chosen children of Jesus Christ; ward off from us, O most loving Father, all taint of error and corruption; graciously assist us from Heaven, O most power protector, in our struggle with the powers of darkness; and as thou didst once rescue the Child Jesus from imminent peril to His life, so now defend the Holy Church of God from the snares of her enemies and from all adversity.
Shield each one of us with thy unceasing patronage that, imitating thy example and sported by thy aid, we may be enabled to live a good life, die a holy death, and secure everlasting happiness in Heaven.