Precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His faithful ones.  – Psalm 116:15

St. Joseph, who had loved so much in his life, could not die but of love; … and having already performed the duty which was required in the childhood of Jesus, what remained was that he should say … to the Son, “O my child! As your heavenly Father put your tender body into my hands the day you came into this world, so do I render up my soul into your hands, this day of my departure out of the world.” Such, as I conceive, was the death of this great patriarch, a man elected to perform the most tender and loving offices … to the Son of God.  – St. Francis de Sales


After having faithfully served Jesus and Mary, St. Joseph reached the end of his life in the house at Nazareth. There, surrounded by angels, assisted by Jesus Christ the King of angels, and by Mary, his spouse, who placed themselves at each side of his poor bed, filled with the peace of paradise, he departed from this life. Who shall ever be able to understand the sweetness, the consolation, the blessed hope, the acts of resignation, the flames of charity which the words of eternal life coming alternately from the lips of Jesus and Mary, breathed into the soul of Joseph at the end of his life?

St. Alphonsus Liguori 

When he has been tried, he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him.St. James 1:12


In the same way that Mary was assumed into Heaven, it is thought that Jesus deigned to glorify Joseph on the day of the Resurrection. In this way, all of the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph – who lived together on Earth, would reign together in Heaven. St. Bernardino of Sienna


How could we doubt that Our Lord raised glorious St. Joseph up into Heaven, body and soul? For he had the honor and grace of carrying Him so often in his blessed arms, arms in which Our Lord took so much pleasure. St. Joseph is therefore in Heaven body and soul, without a doubt.

St. Francis de Sales 

I took for my advocate and comforter the glorious Saint Joseph, and commended myself fervently to him … His aid has brought me more good than I ever desired to receive from him. ... I am quite amazed at the great favors Our Lord has given me, and the many dangers, both of soul and body, from which He has delivered me through the intercession of this blessed saint!  – St. Teresa de Avila


St. Joseph, with the love and generosity with which he guarded Jesus, so too will he guard your soul, and as he defended him from Herod, so will he defend your soul by the fiercest Herod: the devil!

All the care that the Patriarch St. Joseph has for Jesus, he has for you and will always help you with his patronage. He will free you from the persecution of the wicked and proud Herod, and will not allow your heart to be estranged from Jesus.

Ite ad Ioseph! Go to Joseph with extreme confidence, because I, like St. Teresa of Avila, do not remember having asked anything from St. Joseph, without having obtained it readily.  – St.  Pio of Pietrelcina 

There is nothing better for man than to eat and drink and provide himself with good things by his labours. Even this, I realized, is from the hand of God. Ecclesiastes 2:24


O glorious Patriarch, Saint Joseph, humble and just artisan of Nazareth, thou hast given to all Christians, and particularly to us, an example of a perfect life through diligent labor and admirable union with Jesus and Mary. Venerable Pope Pius XII


For Joseph, of royal blood, united by marriage to the greatest and holiest of women, reputed the father of the Son of God, passed his life in labor, and won by the toil of the artisan the needful support of his family. It is, then, true that the condition of the lowly has nothing shameful in it, and the work of the laborer is not only not dishonoring, but can, if virtue be joined to it, be singularly ennobled. Joseph, content with his slight possessions, bore the trials consequent on a fortune so slender, with greatness of soul, in imitation of his Son, who having put on the form of a slave, being the Lord of life, subjected himself of his own free-will to the spoliation and loss of everything. Pope Leo XIII

He made him master of his house, and ruler of all his possessions. Psalm 105:21


In these latter times in which a monstrous and most abominable war has been declared against the Church of Christ … we should more efficaciously implore the compassion of God through the merits and intercession of Saint Joseph … Hence, by a special decree, We solemnly declare the blessed patriarch Joseph Patron of the Universal Church!  – Blessed Pope Pius IX


The Blessed Patriarch Joseph looks upon the multitude of Christians who make up the Church as confided especially to his trust - this limitless family spread over the earth, over which, because he is the spouse of Mary and the father of Jesus Christ, he holds a paternal authority. It is then natural and worthy that as Blessed Joseph ministered to all the needs of the family at Nazareth and girt it about with his protection, he should now cover with the cloak of his heavenly patronage and defend the Church of Jesus Christ.Pope Leo XIII