Thought 138

Charity for oneself should not be neglected. It requires genuine humility, the virtue by which one knows oneself deeply in truth, in his relationship to God and his brothers. A humility like that of St. Joseph. Joseph, in fact, knew himself to be less than Jesus and...

Thought 134

Seeing St. Joseph in his workshop, in silence, during a long time we thought that he was in the background, in his corner, insignificant. It is that we attache too much importance to the tintamarre of the egos. The life of St. Joseph has modesty as a principle of...

Thought 131

“Teach us how to pray” (Lk 11:1) The life of prayer, life as a prayer, is the fundamental core of St. Joseph’s silence. No words are said, as well as writings, because prayer itself is taught by contamination. The child Jesus saw the prayer’s desire by observing...

Thought 130

Summer, the season of festivals and cathedrals… Onstage, the artist, radiating light and emotion. Backstage, the team, both busy and discreet. As people walk up the nave, their faces fill with amazement at the bright rose-window and they look up towards a keystone....

Thought 129

“Come, follow me!” (Mt 4:19) The call of Christ always imposes to leave everything; he requires an exclusive choice for Jesus. This commitment sometimes takes on a disconcerting form. To a man who begged to follow him, Jesus answered: “Go home.” (Mc 5:19) It seems...

Thought 128

Poetics refer to the work of artisans, poets and fathers. It consists in the discreet and silent manifestation of what was or wasn’t seen. The artisan is a visionary of the inner powers of the matter he works with. The sculptor releases the angel concealed in the...

Thought 127

There are no shortages of images representing Jesus near the paternal workshop. The inquiring eyes of the child observing Joseph’s every gesture, the love of fine work and the devotion to the construction of the Kingdom. St. Joseph did not only transmit to his son the...

Thought 126

To live in Nazareth is both a calling and a choice. St Joseph had settled in Egypt with his family. There, life was arduous yet sweet. In the Jewish community people stuck together. In the Pharaohs’ capital cities people could find work more easily than in Galilee....

Thought 125

Tradition has it that God gave His people the first two Commandements, but as the latter were scared by the Divine Majesty and the power of these words, they prayed in order that henceforward Moses be the intermediary between God and them( cf Ex 20,19). Thus it was...

Thought 124

Most chaste Heart of St Joseph A heart of tender clay in the hands of the potter; Most chaste Heart of St Joseph, A heart refined in the fire of the Holy Spirit, made stronger in the kiln of the Calvary; Most chaste Heart of St Joseph, A heart the justice of which...