Catholic Pocket Dictionary – Saint Joseph

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The true husband of Mary, and as such her head. Saint Joseph occupies a place of his own in the devotion of modern Catholics such as is given to no other saint. The devotion to Saint Joseph is a striking instance of Catholic usage, modern in itself and yet based on most ancient and Scriptural principles.

In consequence of his authority and his provident care, he is honored with the title of the “Father” of Christ (Luke 2:48), although of course Christ had no man for His father in the proper sense of the word. To have been chosen by God Himself as the husband of the Virgin Mother and the foster-father of our Lord these surely are solid grounds for a singular devotion to Saint Joseph.

MLA Citation

  • Father James J McGovern. “Jesuits”. Catholic Pocket Dictionary, 1906. CatholicSaints.Info. 4 November 2019. Web. 3 March 2021. <>