Feast day of St Joseph Gospel. Matt 1, 18-21.
St. Joseph the first holy abbot, abbot meaning father, as the father and protector of the Holy Family he thus protects as father those on pilgrimage in this land of exile and sorrows with a heart for the Almighty Father.
The monk at heart seeks to be alone with the Lord in silence and contemplation. Christ retreated into the desert to be with His Father. Also, Our Lady ” treasured all the things in her heart” (Luke, 51). Did she not become the first contemplative and St. Joseph one of the same hidden life receiving the messages of God in dreams and listening.
May we pray to imitate their hidden life in always seeking what is righteous in the sight of the Lord and say in our hearts” Happy is the man who fears the Lord. (Ps 111, 1-3)
Pax et bonum,
All for the glory of God, to remain under His shelter – umbra Dei