THE LIFE IN NAZARETH
1. Outstanding Model.
The life of the Holy Family in Nazareth was apparently ordinary, hidden, of no special value. There is nothing in it to attract the attention of the world. Their neighbors take no notice of them. There is nothing in it spectacular and glamorous. Only silence, obscurity, the uneventful routine of ordinary life. Reflect, however, that in Nazareth you have a school of sanctity. That little home in Nazareth is the studio where all great virtues are shaped. There you find all which on earth is great and beautiful in the sight of God. All the saints have gone to Nazareth for lessons. No life of perfection is possible unless based on the study and imitation of Nazareth.
On the other hand reflect that Nazareth contains the greatest part of the life of Jesus. He is Our Master and Model, but while He acted as Master only for three years He was Model for about thirty. He wanted to teach us as much with His practical life as with His teaching. Nothing should then be more familiar to you than the life of Nazareth. There you will find a solution for every problem. Ask yourself indeed, whether you often remember the hidden life of Nazareth, whether you are fond of it, whether you daily devote thought to the life of fervor which prevailed in the little house of Nazareth.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]