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Who Was St. Joseph?

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You probably know at least a bit about St. Joseph, the humble carpenter and foster father to Jesus.

You probably know how an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins" (Mt 1:18-22).

But how did St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church, come to be the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

Our story begins with a walking stick and a lily.

Father Dan Cambra explains in the latest installment of his series on the saints:


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Linda - Jul 9, 2014

A beautiful story. I can't wait to share it with my grandchildren! Thank you!

Lisa - Jul 9, 2014

A beautiful story and prayer to be shared. Thank you and God Bless

Linda - Jul 9, 2014

I had never heard this version or if i did do not remember it. Love this version and does explain the lily in hand with his walking stick. And all the prayers that is to be said daily . Thank God for everything.

Steve - Jul 9, 2014

Thank you father for this beautiful story...it gave me goosebumps while you were telling it.

Scott W Fischer - Jul 18, 2014

This was my question at my last silent retreat, What does the lily of St. Joseph represent and how am I to apply that to my list. Thanks so much for the explanation of the early church on the meaning of the lily of St Joseph.

MaryS - Sep 10, 2014

Thank you this beautiful story of St. Joseph. Its my first to know how he married our spiritual mother,mama Mary.,and I am blessed when I got married was the feast day of St. Joseph, March 19. I will share this in our community the PWHS.God bless you fr. Dan.