“Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained in the word of the Living God,” Pope John Paul II had once said.
Strange how we hear so little about St Joseph in the New Testament but what we do read shows a man of great depth and strength of character. The words above of JP II reveal a man in constant contact with God through prayer and meditation. He spent his life living with Jesus and must have spoken to Mary many times about their child.
The feast of Joseph the Worker was brought in by Pius XII in 1955 to reflect the dignity in which the Church held work.
Employment and labour give men a dignity and in an age where so many of the world's fit and able people are without work today, the dignity of work should be recognized.
At the time of Pius, 1955,the communist world and the capitalist world were at loggerheads in their view of the world.
Pius wanted to make clear that work had its own intrinsic dignity and that a person should be seen as a person no matter where or under what system of government they lived.
St Joseph, who worked quietly and looked after his family is held up as the ideal.