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IMITATION OF ST. JOSEPH. 91
who by their blasphemous remarks try to make you shaky in
your religious convictions. The world is full of these pois
onous vipers and, alas, many a child of the Holy Church,
hearing such talk, begins to doubt and finally discards the
garment of Christ and falls away from the Church. How ed
ifying is the faith of St. Joseph! The whole world eagerly
looked for a Messiah. They expected him to appear in great
power and majesty. And lb! The Redeemer is born from an
humble Virgin; in a poor lonely stable, wrapped in swad
dling clothes, rests He who alone can save all mankind. And
St. Joseph, does he share the opinion of the people of his
time? No, not in the least. He heard the message of the
angel, and though he could not grasp the mystery, he be
lieves the angelic Messenger, and thus is made the protector
of the Virgin Mother and the foster-father of Christ. Could
( )od have rewarded him in a better manner for his firm, un
shaken faith? Think of the flight to Egypt, the return to
Nazareth and all the poverty, misery and want, he had to ex
perience among the strange people of Egypt and still you find
him content, happy and resigned to the will of God. His
ship of life is safely anchored down in faith in God, whose
only begotten Son fe entrusted to his care. Should we then
waver in our faith, after seeing all this and witnessing the
trumphs of faith overall enemies of Christ?
St. Joseph was a plain carpenter, and as such loved his
work, for he knew the Divine Will to support the Blessed
Virgin and the Holy Child Jesus by the sweat of his brow.
Work was no easier to him than it is to us, but what made it
pleasant was the thought that he was working for the Son of
God, and this was enough to gladden his heart. Whether
his work was in Egypt or in Nazareth, whether it was easy or
hard, was immaterial to him. How different are we. A
great many people look down with contempt upon the plain
farmer, because his occupation is so very ordinary. And,
still, what would become of the world, if all the farmers
should go on the strike? Among these plain, ordinary, un-

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