Tuesday, March 27, 2007


3. The Return.
One fine day the Angel appeared again and ordered Them to return. Herod is dead. Everything is over. Why do you not oftener think that everything passes; that all comes to an end? Very prudently however, St. Joseph does not want to return to Bethlehem lest Archaelaus, the son of Herod, were just like his father. Again the Angel appears to him and tells him that he has done the right thing. They should remain in Nazareth.

Prudence has never been an enemy of obedience. Express your desires and your difficulties with humility and then like St. Joseph wait with holy indifference for an answer. But do not stick stubbornly to your views. Do not grow disgusted or angry if Superiors do not give way to you. Prudence, yes, but at the same time submission.

[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]