As a man of deep faith, St. Joseph encourages us to embrace the gift of faith and to live our life in such a way. He was a man schooled in the law and the prophets no doubt. He knew that there was one God only who offered salvation to His faithful people. St. Joseph shows us that each day of our life must be lived with God in first place. His entire life was spent following the first and the greatest of the commandments, "You shall love the Lord your God with your whole mind, with your soul and all your strength." This truth is what inspired him to take Our Lady as his betrothed. He must have believed that this was God's Will. He speaks to us on this journey to Bethlehem saying, "Always believe in God and His Holy Will. He will give you all that you need to love Him above all things and to fins the true riches of knowing, loving and serving Him."
As we arrive at the stable with Our Lady and St. Joseph, we hear him speaking to us about the blessed event of the nativity of our beloved Savior on that first Christmas Day. In the cold and dark of that first Christmas morning the Light of the world came to us not in a palace but in a place of poverty where the lowliest of God's creatures are given shelter. The chosen Vessel, Mary, immaculate from the first moment of Her conception, bore Him and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger. St. Joseph must have been filled with awe in seeing the ancient prophecies given to Israel come to pass. He turns to us and explains, "Here in this stable Love comes to meet us. God who is Almighty and above all comes to us becoming one of us and remaining the most high God. Here we find hope. Even when I did not understand God's plan I hoped. Even when my betrothed was with child I hoped in God's plan and now I see the beauty of God's love shining through Mary. Come here and see the abundance of God's love given to us - the Savior who comes to bring us life eternal."
First canonized Saint of Chile (1900 - 1920)
Juanita Fernandez Solar was born on July 13, 1900 in Santiago Chile. She entered the Carmel of the Holy Spirit in Los Andes at the age of 19 and she died 11 months later on April 12, 1920.
She was canonized by Pope John Paul II in 1993 and declared a special patroness of homeless children. Her Feast day is on July 13th, during the Novena to Our Lady.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel is the Patroness of Chile as well as the Patroness of all Carmelites.
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In the angel's hands I saw a long golden spear and at the end of the iron tip I seemed to see a point of fire. With this he seemed to pierce my heart several times.