Why St. Joseph Is a Role Model for Us All

Happy Feast of St. Joseph the Worker! Even if you don’t have a particular devotion to St. Joseph, today is a great day to learn more about him, and why is he such a strong role model and a powerful intercessor. If you do have a devotion to him, then you should be sure to join us today in consecrating Relevant Radio® and the family of Relevant Radio listeners to St. Joseph!

St. Joseph was the foster father of Jesus, the spouse of the Virgin Mary, and he has been proclaimed the Patron of the Universal Church. As patron and protector of the Church, we as Catholics should look to him as a role model of virtue, holiness, and trust in the plans of God.

Marge Fenelon, a regular Morning Air® contributor, stopped by this week to discuss a feminine perspective on St. Joseph, and why he really is a role model for us all. Many may consider St. Joseph to be a model for men, but not so much for women. However, Marge explained that St. Joseph is indeed a role model for the entire Church.

She pointed out that for men, “There are many consecrations and organizations devoted to him. And so what about us women? Where does that leave us? Well, I think it’s exactly in line with who we should be as well. And what I mean by that is there’s two things he was. He was a tireless worker, and he had the heart of a servant. And I think all Christians are called to that.”

Morning Air host John Harper pointed out that St. Joseph was a man of few words. Despite the important role he played in the story of our salvation, none of his words are recorded in Scripture. But we do know that when the Lord asked him to do something, he did it.

John told Marge that his own father said of St. Joseph, “He does his job with a quiet confidence.” And John explained, “I was probably a teenager when I first heard that, but that describes St. Joseph, and that’s a message in how you use the gifts that God has given you. To be St. Joseph-like is to serve others with a quiet confidence.”

Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, but St. Joseph cared for him as his own in fulfilling his role as foster father of Jesus. In a similar way, Marge suggested we look to St. Joseph as a spiritual father for us – guiding us, protecting us, and caring for us as he did for Our Lord.

“I look at St. Joseph as truly my father, my foster father,” she said. “Not in place of God the Father, I don’t mean it that way. But if he was the spouse of our Blessed Mother, and if our Blessed Mother is our mother, this makes St. Joseph, in a very real spiritual way, foster father to all of us.”

“And I think this is good for us to become more childlike. He’s a provider, this tireless worker. St. Joseph the Worker was guardian and provider for the Holy Family, and he can be guardian and provider for us as well, in a very tender and loving way.”

Listen to the full conversation below:

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Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at relevantradio.com and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.