View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Pope Benedict and St. Joseph

Vatican , Dec. 19, 2005 ( - Christians should prepare for Christmas with silent recollection, to protect themselves from excesses of commercialism, Pope Benedict XVI told a public audience on December 18.

"During this period of preparation for Christmas, let us cultivate interior meditation, in order to welcome and safeguard Jesus in our lives," the Holy Father said at his Sunday Angelus audience. He called attention to the example set by St. Joseph, who maintained an interior silence "interwoven with constant prayer" as he awaited the birth of Jesus.

"Let us allow ourselves to be infected by the silence of St. Joseph," the Pontiff encouraged his listeners. "We need it very much, in a world that is often too noisy."

Not surprising – considering his name is/was Joseph before he was elected Pope.

As for the message: “the silence of St. Joseph.” I like that image. He is a quiet saint, doing what needed to be done.


Blogger tom said...

"Joseph" has a strong connection ot my life..a grandpa, an uncle, an awesome priest friend...and my second son....It was always the name I took when we played army under the tables in the basement as a kid...He is a patron for this father and grandpa, thats for sure.

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