The bonds that exist between the heart of Joseph and that of the Child Jesus are–since Jesus is God–of an even more amazing clarity and strength. No child has ever been so united to his father as Jesus is to Joseph; no father has ever been so united to his child as Joseph is to Jesus. Joseph loves Jesus\’ heart–a heart so burning with love, so humble, so poor and so gentle; he loves it with a divine love, which is \”substantial\” and eternal. He is wholly given to Jesus and loves Him with all his heart as a man and as a father, and with all his sensibility, for Joseph loves the sensibility of Jesus\’ heart, which is so close to Mary\’s heart.
–from The Mystery of Joseph by Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe, O.P.