Every once in a while I read something that I just must share. On this great Feast of St. Joseph the Worker I wanted to share with you this quote from Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen given on his radio show the Catholic Hour on February 18, 1951. Please remember that we post daily quotes for Archbishop Sheen on both Facebook and Twitter so make sure you tell your friends and help us in the mission of bringing people closer to Christ through Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.
Msgr. Stanley Deptula,
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Foundation
“the type of marriage which took place between Mary and Joseph; it was such as the stars have, whose light unites in the atmosphere, though the stars themselves do not; a marriage like the flowers in the garden in springtime, who give forth perfume, though they themselves do not touch; a marriage like an orchestration where a great melody is produced, but where one instrument is without contact with the other. In such a marriage the use of the right to another is surrendered for a higher purpose. Mary wanted to know how she could be a virgin and a mother, and Joseph wanted to know how he could be a virgin and a father. It took an angel to reassure both that God had found a way. Only those who listen to angels’ voices can pierce that mystery. How much more beautiful Mary and Joseph become when we see in their lives what might be called the first Divine Romance. God loves bellowing waterfalls, but I believe He loves them better not when they overflow and drown His flowers, but when they are harnessed and bridled to light a city and to slake the thirst of a child. Not then in Joseph and Mary do we find one pure controlled waterfall and one dried-up lake, but rather two youths who before they knew the beauty of the one, and the handsome strength of the other, willed to surrender it for the ‘passionless passion’ and ‘wild tranquility’ of Jesus.” Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen