"The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him."
28th Day: THE FOSTER-FATHER
At no great distance from the Mother of God
stands His holy foster-father St. Joseph, the third
person of that earthly Trinity. What can we learn
He is the true husband of Mary, united to
her by a closer bond than any on earth save that
which exists between the Mother and the Son. He
is moreover the true earthly father of Jesus, in
everything except the fact of carnal generation.
He has committed to him the care of God Himself,
and of her who is dearer to God than all the
world. He is, therefore, next to Mary, of all mankind
the most privileged and the most exalted,
How then can we honor him enough?
When God gives to any one an office, He
gives him the virtues and the qualities which are
required for its perfect exercise. What then must
have been the virtues of St. Joseph? He must have
had every virtue, not only in an eminent degree,
but in a degree to which none other of the sons
of men ever attained. Prudence, justice, humility,
charity, in all he was far above all else. I, therefore,
may ask of him every grace that I need.
Above all, St. Joseph was eminent for his
unspotted purity. Many theologians assert that
he was sanctified in his mother's womb. None save
Mary was ever so pure as he. This it was that
qualified him for his intimate union with
Jesus and Mary. If I desire to be united to them,
I must be pure of heart. St. Joseph, obtain for me
this grace of purity!