St. Joseph is a model of patience and perseverance, working quietly during the hidden years of Jesus' life.
Do you struggle with patience or perseverance? One saint to turn to for inspiration is St. Joseph.
He did not seek special honors during his life, nor did he draw much attention to himself. St. Joseph simply worked during those quiet years of Jesus’ life and persevered in virtue until his death.
Unlike his son, Jesus, or his spouse, the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph had to exert much greater effort in the practice of virtue. For this and many other reasons, St. Joseph is seen as a model of perseverance.
Here is a short prayer to St. Joseph for this purpose, asking him to intercede for us and guard us along the path of holiness.
Dear St. Joseph foster father of our divine Redeemer and spouse of our holy Mother Mary, you lived with them and toiled for them through all the years of the hidden life and you died in their arms. By the love you bear to them and the love they bear to you, pray for us always and guard us. Obtain for us, O patron of a happy death, the grace to live and die in God’s love and favor that we may spend our eternity with Jesus and Mary and with you, O dear St. Joseph.
Prayer to St. Joseph for nightly protection