Joseph's Annunciation: His Silence Teaches Men that Actions Speak Louder than Words
taught the Word Incarnate, the Child Jesus, how to work with wood. This man was the foster father of the Incarnate Word of God and he loved Jesus with an exemplary love.
This same Jesus who learned to work with wood from the hands of Joseph would, during his 33rd year save the world, through the wood of the Cross. In an age that has lost its way, given over to the selfish pursuit of illusory pleasure, Joseph should again be lifted up as a model, particularly to men who desire to follow Jesus Christ.
Over two millennia, the mission of Jesus has continued through His Body on earth, His Church. He has entrusted the work of that mission to all men and women who accept the invitation to empty themselves in order to be filled with the very life and love of God and then be used in His redemptive mission for the world.
Through the Fount of living water called Baptism, he invites each one of us into His new family, the Body of His Son, the Church. He still gives His message to men who, like Joseph, cultivate ears to hear and then choose to exercise authentic manly virtue and act out of courage.
He still invites men to turn the ordinary into extraordinary through cooperation and participation. He is truly looking for a "few good men" like Joseph who will work in the workshop of the world that he created in order to recreate it anew in His Son.
In this age so desperately in need of men of courage, we need to turn to this man's man named Joseph. We need to follow his example by courageously, humbly and faithfully loving Jesus Christ.
We need to learn to give our Yes to the God whose love always invites participation. Joseph is our teacher and shows us the way, a true 'Man's Man', calling all men to follow Jesus. Teaching us that actions speak louder than words
On this day in 2005, Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Ratzinger, spoke these profound words concerning the silence of his namesake "His is a silence permeated by contemplation of the mystery of God, in an attitude of total availability to his divine wishes. Let us allow ourselves to be "infected" by the silence of St Joseph! We have much need of it in a world which is often too noisy, which does not encourage reflection and listening to the voice of God." (Pope Benedict XVI, December 18, 2005)
On this day, several years ago, I was prompted to write these words concerning the silence of Joseph:
The Silence of Joseph echoes in a world of noise turning a cacophony of self love into a melody of self surrender.
The silence of Joseph is a seed which bears the fruit of holiness and courage.
The silence of Joseph drowns the din of sorrow and silences the wailing of the weak
The silence of Joseph draws the world to a cave in Bethlehem where God is born as man and man is born again
The silence of Joseph draws us to our knees in worship of the Word made flesh in whose presence all words of men lose their meaning
The silence of Joseph directs a symphony of silence which stills the universe in adoration of the One in Whom the New creation has come.
Let us join our silence to the Silence of Joseph.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: St. Joseph, manly character, manhood, mens movement, manly spirituality, Advent, Marian, courage, courageous, Year of Faith, Deacon Keith Fournier
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