When Fr. Gary Caster told me he wanted to write a book about St. Joseph, I got very excited because Joseph has always been my favorite saint. Caster wanted to write the book in honor of his mother, who also claims Joseph as her favorite saint. So I’m happy to say the book is now available, Joseph: The Man Who Raised Jesus.
What is it about Joseph that has endeared him to me and to many others? Caster focuses on the human virtues of Joseph: his faith, his patience, his charity, and his courage, among other things. This speaks to why I love St. Joseph. He was given a task that seemed impossible, yet he handled it with such courage and strength. He was a carpenter, a down-to-earth guy who worked with his hands and knew how to fix things. He provided a home for Mary and Jesus. He was a hard worker. He never wavered in his response to God’s call. He sought to respond to Mary’s pregnancy with decency and compassion. He accepted the angel’s word with steadfast commitment. He was a good man.
Often, his strength has strengthened me. I’ve asked him for help more times than I can count, and every time there is a quiet assurance of help and peace. I can imagine how he provided that same strong sense of protection for Mary and Jesus. I draw much courage from his steady and faithful presence.
St. Joseph was the man who risked everything to care for Mary and her son, safeguarding them from harm and cherishing them with the purest love. His life is thus a catechism writ large, a flesh-and-blood testimony of what it means to live according to the Father’s will, with one’s mind and heart centered on Christ.
This book helps me to love Joseph more, and Joseph helps me to love Jesus and Mary more. I hope this book will introduce you to that human goodness of Joseph and that you also will know more of his strong love in your life.