ST JOSEPH’S INNER PEACE

Joseph, husband of Mary and foster-father of Jesus

Joseph, husband of Mary and foster-father of Jesus

At first sight there seems to be no material for a meditation on Joseph, for what do we know of him, apart from his name and a few events that occurred in Our Lord’s childhood?  The Gospel does not record a single word from him; his language is silence.

It was his attention to the angelic voices which spoke…to him; it was that prompt and generous obedience which was demanded from him; it was manual labor, in the most modest fatiguing of forms, which earned Jesus the reputation of being “ the son of the carpenter” (Mt. 13:55). There is nothing else known of him, and it might well be said that he lived an unknown life, the life of a simple artisan, with no sign of personal greatness.

Excerpted from a Homily of Pope Paul VI on St. Joseph March 27, 1969

 

 

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One thought on “ST JOSEPH’S INNER PEACE

  1. You wrote that “there is nothing else known of him, and it might well be said that he lived an unknown life, the life of a simple artisan, with no sign of personal greatness.” And I quickly remembered reading something similar about St. Mathias. Unsung heroes. But what an impact they make on us.

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