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Scripture says relatively little about St. Joseph, foster-father of Jesus and husband of Mary, and we have no record of a single word he spoke. We are told he was a carpenter, a man who worked with his hands (Mt 13:55). He was a righteous man, but one who had great compassion, so that even when confronted with Mary’s apparent sin, he refrained from exposing her to the harsh punishment that seemed to be her due (Mt 1:18-25). He was obedient and responsive to God’s promptings in the face of enormous pressures, first when he took Mary into his home as his wife, and later when he packed up his family and fled into Egypt, leaving home and (no doubt) an established business to start all over in a strange land. We know he was poor, because his offering on the occasion of Jesus’ circumcision was not a lamb, but two turtledoves or pigeons. It is assumed that he died prior to Jesus’ public ministry, having taught his son his own trade. St. Joseph is the patron of a happy death (he, himself having died with Jesus and Mary at his side), a model of obedience, good leadership, and loving fatherhood. His feast day is March 19.
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