2. Life of Order.
This is the first thing that you must consider in Nazareth: the order that reigns supreme in the Family. Contemplate Joseph through his toil and labor, the bread-winner of the Family. But it was the Mother who directed and regulated everything; and how admirably She did it!
Order means everything in its place and every action being subjected to a rule and to a purpose. To act prompted by pleasure or displeasure is not order. Order demands that we do everything at its proper time, whether with pleasure or with fatigue, whether we like it or dislike it, duty being our sole concern. If you are just pushed around by your inclinations and led by your impressions, one day you might be enthusiastic and the next day tepid. Then you will not feel like doing anything and whatever you do will probably be done badly, ungracefully and unwillingly. Is this not often the case? Now watch the example of Our Heavenly Mother. She aways does Her duty, fulfilling exactly at every moment what She is expected to do.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]