St. Joseph is often invoked as the patron of happy marriages, ready to help couples steer their relationship through any storm.
Maintaining a happy marriage in today’s world is not easy, and at times can seem like a disaster that will never be resolved.
While there are many practical things that can be done to save a marriage, one way to invoke divine aid is through the intercession of St. Joseph.
St. Joseph is known as the patron saint of happy marriages, as he was privileged to be married to the Virgin Mary! Many have turned to him for help with their marriages and have not been disappointed.
The 19th-century book Devotion to Saint Joseph explains why we should turn to this particular heavenly intercessor.
The world, we may say, resembles a vast sea agitated by storms and interspersed with numberless shoals. Among these there is … the marriage state wherein daily we are … [challenged by the possibilities of a] new shipwreck. Those then who perceive themselves to be in danger have need of a good pilot to guide them safely into port. [B]ut can they desire one more experienced than St Joseph, who by the will of God Himself contracted the purest and happiest marriage that can be imagined?
The author then exhorts all couples to turn to St. Joseph as a model and protector.
[I]f you wish…to preserve peace in marriage … and in a word to render your home tranquil and happy, place it under the protection of him whom God established as head of the Holy Family. Let Joseph be your counselor, your steward, your model. God Himself has established him the protector of those engaged in the married state.
If you are looking for spiritual help during your marriage crisis, do not hesitate to turn to St. Joseph, asking his help, but most of all imitating his virtues.