29 December

From St. Joseph we learn the reverent love and sweet familiarity with which we must deal with Jesus and Mary; our life must be one intimate with Them, the kind of life that you do not learn in books, but in prayer, and that makes us at home with the Holy Family.

(Explanation, p. 63)

28 December

I seem to find the reason for which we consider humility and charity the characteristic virtues of our Congregation in this: since we represent the person of Joseph, we have to bring to the Congregation the spirit that reigned eminently in his house, which was that of Nazareth.

(Explanation, p. 67)

27 December

God loved us far more than he loved himself; and therefore for our own good he wanted to suffer so much in his birth that we, seeing him poor, would endure poverty with patience.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Writings VIII, p. 299)

25 December

1930: BABAHOYO, (ECUADOR), “Marcos Benetazzo” School

Only when the mystery of the Incarnation was accomplished, God’s goodness and love for us poured as it were in torrents on the earth, shone in all their greatness and magnificence, and it became clear that they are truly infinite.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Writings VIII, p. 346)

24 December

Only when the mystery of the Incarnation was accomplished, God’s goodness and love for us poured as it were in torrents on the earth, shone in all their greatness and magnificence, and it became clear that they are truly infinite.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Writings VIII, p. 345)

23 December

The benefits bestowed by the Lord before the Incarnation were only limited and finished goods, which were telling about God’s love, but did not demonstrate how great it was.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Writings VIII, p. 345)

22 December

God had already given a thousand proofs; but the three miracles of his love are the Incarnation, the Passion and the Eucharist.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Writings VIII, p. 382)

21 December

The house of St. Joseph: a mysterious tabernacle; his arms: a ciborium; his chest: a paten on which Jesus was sleeping, but keeping watch for us.

(St. Leonard Murialdo, Writings VI, p. 357)