A Lesson to Be Learned from St. Joseph

A Lesson to Be Learned from St. Joseph

A Lesson to Be Learned from St. Joseph

My husband Paul is a hard worker. Providing for such large family during tough economic times is not easy. I admire Paul’s trust in God and his determination to do His will.

Knowing the situation Paul is in has led me to reflect on St. Joseph. St. Jerome gave me new insight into St. Joseph. Mary must have told Joseph about the angel’s visitation and message. Why would she not have? The angel’s message affected Joseph, too. Surely, Mary shared the good news with her betrothal. Being an upright and just man and recognizing Mary’s holiness, would Joseph not have believed her? Maybe his desire to divorce her quietly came not, as I commonly thought, from suspicion of her behavior, but from a feeling that he was not worthy of such a lofty vocation. How can a man, a lowly carpenter, be foster father to the Son of God? His humility may have gotten the better of him. The angel in his dream, however, assured him this was indeed God’s will. He was to be the head of the Holy Family. So he took the pregnant Virgin, the Mother of his Savior, as his wife.

Still, fulfilling God’s will as provider of the household was not easy. He had to travel with his 9 month pregnant wife to Bethlehem where he was unable to secure appropriate housing; he had to flee with his young family into Egypt where they would know no one; he was told to return after the king was dead to raise the Child in Nazareth. Each time, Joseph would have set up shop, gotten settled, built up a clientele, then be asked to move again. Yet he never hesitated, never complained. He also never prospered, but he always provided. His wealth was not seen with human eyes; however, through God’s eyes, Joseph was rich indeed. All that God had given him, he shared with his family – his material blessings, his skill (he taught Jesus his trade), his great love, his virtuous life style. He placed his faith, not in himself or other men, but in God. Even though in Scriptures, Joseph’s part may seem small, in the everyday living of the first thirty years of Jesus’ life, Joseph’s role was huge. Without Joseph, the Holy Family would not have been complete.

Paul’s role and responsibility in our family is, likewise, huge. When it seems overwhelming, I watch him turn his eyes towards Heaven, as, I am sure, St. Joseph did many times. I am also sure that from Heaven, Jesus, Mary and Joseph smile upon Paul and our family. We may not be holy, but we are striving. In our efforts, we please God.

Copyright 2013 Kelly Guest


About Author

God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities' program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com.


  1. Mary Keogh on

    Kelly has always been a gifted writer. I am so glad she is taking the time from her busy schedule to write these words of inspiration. Thanks Kel

    • Kelly Guest on

      Thanks, Aunt Mare, for remembering to check out my post and being so supportive! God bless you.

  2. Kelly,
    Great reflection. How important it is to remember what truly makes us wealthy. Also to stop and reflect on all our husbands do for their families. May St. Joeseph pray for us.

  3. Kelly,
    I so appreciate this perspective of St. Joseph. His essential role in the Holy Family is sometimes overshadowed. I love your articles. Please keep them coming.

    • Kelly Guest on

      I know, it’s different, right. It’s called “The Reverence Theory.” St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Bernard of Clairvaux were also proponents of this view of St. Joseph.
      Thanks for reading my post. I am touched. Gos bless you.

    • Kelly Guest on

      Thanks for checking my post out again. I am grateful for your support. What do you think about Joseph’s role? I had always figured that he suspected Mary of adultery, but now this theory makes more sense to me. God bless you, Mr. Dodson, for your support of my efforts.

  4. Cookie Hauf on


    • Kelly Guest on

      It’s incredible, isn’t it? Something to keep in mind as you pack up everything! some times having little makes life easier! God bless you for your encouragement.

  5. May Our Lord continue to bless your desire to share your bless insights. It gives your dad a great joy to see your faith and trust in the Lord grow.

  6. Kel,
    Thanks for the reflection on St. Joseph. When it comes to “Best Supporting Role”, St. Joseph wins hands down. I can only imagine the interaction between St. Joseph and Jesus. What a special bond. All families can learn so much from reflecting on the Holy Family. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Kelly Guest on

      “Best Supporting Role” I love it! Definately, meditation on St. Joseph and the Holy Family yeilds much fruit. God bless you and your family.

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