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Reflection: The Silence of St.Joseph

By Deacon Keith Fournier
March 19th, 2010
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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.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - Pope Benedict XVI wrote these beautiful words about St. Joseph:

"…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)

I offer this reflection now in response:

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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