Quote of the day: 15 March

Joseph is not ashamed, he doesn’t belittle Mary and he doesn’t act in such a way as to expose her to shame and death. He doesn’t react in an impulsive and disciplinary fashion, but he looks for a solution that respects the dignity and integrity of his beloved Mary.

Joseph acts with humanity and love. — Bishop Silvio J. Báez, O.C.D.

Joseph’s justice is manifested in the fact that he was “unwilling to expose her to shame”, in not acting as if he owned her by deciding that she had to suffer and die. Nor does he care about his image as a man whose honor has been tarnished and whose rights have been violated by his future wife. Joseph acts with humanity and love.

Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.

Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Managua
Homily, Fourth Sunday of Advent
22 December 2019

Betrothal of Mary and Joseph
Anonymous Italian, 16th c. Ferrara
Oil on canvas, 1525-1549
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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