St Joseph is the patron saint of Canada and a number of other countries. In addition, St. Joseph is considered to be the patron saint of the Universal Church, a happy death, families, unborn children, expectant mothers, fathers, buyers and sellers of homes, immigrants, travellers, engineers and working people.
For someone to have so many designations and a couple of feast days, we really do not have much information about St. Joseph.
References to Joseph appear in the Gospels of Luke, Matthew and on a couple of occasions, in John.
We do know that Joseph had incredible qualifications as he was chosen by God to be the husband of Mary and the foster father of Jesus.
The good qualities of St. Joseph are many. He is described as a just and righteous man, not willing to put Mary to shame when her pregnancy was revealed. (Matthew 1:19). He was a man of great faith. He was a carpenter, a hard worker, but not a wealthy man as demonstrated at the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple, when two turtle doves, the offering of the poor, was given.(Luke 2:24) Joseph was a humble man. When people were questioning who Jesus was, references were made to his background. "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know?" (John 6:42)
There is no doubt that St. Joseph had a significant role in the life of Jesus. We celebrate his feast day with prayerful reflection.
O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us.