Saint Joseph: Keeper of Divine Silence

There the Holy Family was, a paradise on earth, endless delights in this place of grief.  It was a glory already begun in the vileness, abjection and lowliness of  life.  Jesus, I am not surprised You remained thirty whole years in this house without leaving St. Joseph.  I am not surprised that You are inseparable from his person.  His house alone is a paradise for You and his house is for You the bosom of Your Father from whom You are inseparable and in whom You take Your eternal delights.  Outside this house, You find only deadly objects, only sinners, those unfortunate causes of Your death!  Jesus, You saw in Joseph the eternal Father as his Father and the Most Blessed Virgin considered in His person the same eternal Father of whom she was the bride.  –Monsieur Jean Jacque Olier


“Not only physically, but in his heart as well, Joseph reveals to us the secret of a humanity which dwells in the presence of mystery and is open to that mystery at every moment of everyday life. In Joseph, faith is not separated from action. His faith had a decisive effect on his actions. Paradoxically, it was by acting, by carrying out his responsibilities, that he stepped aside and left God free to act, placing no obstacles in his way. Joseph is a ‘just man’ (Mt 1:19) because his existence is ‘ad-justed’ to the word of God….establish a sort of spiritual conversation with St Joseph, so that he may help us live to the full this great mystery of faith.”  Pope Benedict

The Gospel of Matthew 1:16-25

And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ. So all the generations, from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations. And from David to the transmigration of Babylon, are fourteen generations: and from the transmigration of Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations. Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. And Joseph rising up from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him, and took unto him his wife. And he knew her not till she brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.


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