The Holy Family

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“By the natural bond that unites a family, the son, Jesus is beholden to His mother, the mother to her husband, and both son and mother to the faithful, vigilant and unfailing guardian and provider, Joseph; and he was  the head of Mary and so had a measure of authority over her just as she, by right of natural motherhood, had over her son Jesus. How great then must Joseph now be in his heavenly glory, since he was singled out for such greatness in this vale of tears here on earth! If Jesus spoke truly when he said, “Where I am there also will my servant be” (John 12;26), surely he who, after Mary, was closest to him on earth, who was so dutiful and faithful in his service of him, must have a place nearest to Jesus in Heaven.”     Jean Gerson  1363-1429  From the sermon on the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin, preached at the Council of Constance in 1416

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