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The Indian Advocate Vol. XIV. MARCH, 1902. No. 3 ST. JOSEPH'S MONTH. Saint of the Childhood and the Hidden Life, i Why is it that thy Month is always Lent? What hadst thou with the Passion? Mary went To Calvary with Jesus; but the knife Of that fierce sorrow was spared thee. Thy strife In anxious care and fostering patience spent: Now 'to a stable, now to Egypt sent, And then long years with humblest labor rife; ' But this thy portion of the coming cross Which o'er thy path its forward shadow threw, And is not ours like thine to walk content In that long shadow, counting all things loss Save what for Jesus we endure and do? To teach us this thy month is always Lent. Brui'h force may crush the heart but cannot kill; The mind, that thinks, no terrors can compel; But it will speak at length and boldly tell The world its weakness and its rights; the night1 Our race so long has groped through, since man fell From his imagined Eden of delight, ' ' Must, will, ere long, retire from Truth's fast dawning light.