ST JOSEPH’S QUALITIES

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But that humble figure which was so near to Jesus and Mary, Christ’s Virgin Mother, he who was so intimately connected with their life and so closely linked with the genealogy of the Messiah as to be the fateful and conclusive representative of the descendants of David, (Mt 1,20) is revealed as being full of significance if we look at him attentively. He is seen truly to possess those qualities which the Church attributes to him in her liturgy, which the devotion of the faithful also attributes to him, and which gave rise to a series of invocations that have taken the form of a litany.

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

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