John Paul II on St. Joseph: from Daily Meditations
What emanates from the figure of Saint Joseph is faith...Joseph
of Nazareth is a "just man" because he totally "lives
by faith." He is holy because his faith is truly heroic.
Sacred Scripture says little of him. It does not record even one
word spoken by Joseph, the carpenter of Nazareth. And yet, even
without words, he shows the depth of his faith, his greatness.
Saint Joseph is a man of great spirit. He is great in faith, not
because he speaks his own words, but above all because he listens
to the words of the Living God. He listens in silence. And his heart
ceaselessly perseveres in the readiness to accept the Truth contained
in the word of the Living God.
We see how the word of the Living God penetrates deeply into the
soul of that man, that just man. And we, do we know how to listen
to the word of God? Do we know how to absorb it into the depths
of our human personalities? Do we open our conscience in the presence
of this word?