Six Traits of a Modern-Day St. Joseph

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St. Joseph’s example of Christian fatherhood applies to all generations. He is the protector of the Catholic Church and the terror of demons. Most of all, he is the chaste spouse to Mary and foster father to Jesus. Who better for men to look up to than to St. Joseph? Joseph may have died over 2,000 years ago but that doesn’t mean that he can’t be a great example for us today. It makes me wonder what St. Joseph would be like if he were a man living in today’s world.

The Bible may not mention Joseph much and none of his words may be recorded, but what it does say speaks volumes about his character. The following are 6 signs of a modern-day St. Joseph.

1. Social Media

If Joseph did use social media, it wouldn’t be the center of his life. Being a private person, he would rarely log on and if he did, he wouldn’t post lame selfies and photos of his meal of unleavened bread and fish. He wouldn’t rant and rave, nor would he gossip about anything. Maybe he’d share an inspiring quote here and there and post a few holy hashtags. #holyfamily #proudfosterfather #imnotworthy.

2. Career

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I think it’s safe to say Joseph would be working as a carpenter, and probably have his own shop. He would do honest, quality work and his prices would be the fairest around. He would make a modest living, bringing in just enough money to pay the bills and put food on the table. Jesus would be Joseph’s only employee and that would be plenty of manpower for the shop. If I had to guess the name of his business I’d go with “Divine Wood Works”. He’d build the best staircases around.

3. Social Life

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Joseph wouldn’t be one for parties and huge gatherings. He’d be more apt to enjoy a nice quiet night at home with his Holy Family. If you did see Joseph out with friends or family, it would probably be at a function for his parish. He’d be the one sitting quietly with his wife Mary, looking content and peaceful. He may say a few quiet words to people passing by, but that’s about it. People would know Joseph as a quiet man, but when he did speak his words would be profound. Joseph would be the go-to-guy for great fatherly advice.

4. Faith

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Joseph would have a profound faith life. He would attend daily mass and would be seen in deep prayer. His internal life would be far beyond anything we can imagine, having constant conversations with God in his heart. Joseph’s trust in God would give him strength through the toughest situations and temptations. You think your old school grandmother prays the rosary a lot? She’s got nothing on Joseph.

5. Personality and appearance

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Joseph would be a warm and friendly person. People would want his presence around them always, even if it was silent, because there would be something about him that brings peace and security. Joseph would never gossip or speak ill of anyone, and he would never lose his temper. You would never know that Joseph comes from a royal bloodline because he wouldn’t talk about it. He doesn’t like the spotlight and loves the simple life. Joseph would keep a simple and clean appearance, and sport an EPIC beard. That I know for sure.

6. Social Views

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Now I won’t get political here because Joseph probably wouldn’t. What he would stand for and proclaim is the sanctity of human life, chastity, respect for women, and giving to and serving the needy. He wouldn’t “leave it to someone else” to feed the poor. He’d be at the local food bank every other weekend. Bottom line: he would stand for God’s Law and respect the teachings of the Catholic Church. Did I mention he’d have an awesome beard? That’s a social view, right?

St. Joseph is a role model for all ages and generations and we should all have a special devotion to him. Saint Bridget of Sweden once shared the revelation told to her by Our Lady that Joseph would constantly pray out loud, “Heaven grant that I may live so as to accomplish the Will of my God.” Simple yet profound. Classic St. Joseph.

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