The Roamin' Roman

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Sunday, December 18

Today's Angelus - the silence of St. Joseph

We went to the Angelus today, and Pope Benedict gave a beautiful reminder of St. Joseph's presence and purpose in the life and birth of our Lord. He also encouraged us to also emulate the same Advent silence of Joseph, to prepare our hearts for His coming.

Lo and behold, there's already an English translation online!

The beloved Pope John Paul II, who was very devoted to St Joseph, left us an awesome meditation dedicated to him in the Apostolic Exhortation Redemptoris Custos, "Guardian of the Redeemer". Among the many aspects it highlights, particular emphasis is placed on the silence of St Joseph. His is a silence permeated by contemplation of the mystery of God, in an attitude of total availability to his divine wishes. In other words, the silence of St Joseph was not the sign of an inner void, but on the contrary, of the fullness of faith he carried in his heart, and which guided each and every one of his thoughts and actions.

Full Angelus here (not too long).


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