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Earlier we discovered the words used by Saint Joseph’s Guardian Angel in instructing the most pure spouse of the Virgin Mary to be as follows:

‘Do not frustrate the humble desires of Her who is supreme over all the creatures of heaven and earth. Exteriorly allow Her to serve thee and interiorly treat Her with highest reverence, and at all times and in all places worship the Incarnate Word.

‘It is His will, equally with that of the heavenly Mother, to serve and not to be served, in order to teach the world the knowledge of life and the excellence of humility.

In some of the work thou canst assist Her, but always reverence in Her the Lord of all creation.’

Instructed by this command of the Most High, Saint Joseph permitted the heavenly Princess to exercise her humility and so both of them were enabled to make an offering of their will to God: most Holy Mary, by exercising the deepest humility and obedience toward Her spouse in all Her acts of virtue which She performed without failing in the least point of perfection; and Saint Joseph by obeying the Almighty with a holy and prudent embarrassment, which was occasioned by seeing himself waited upon and served by Her, whom he had recognized as his Mistress and that of the world, and as the Mother of his God and Creator.

In this manner the prudent Saint made up for the humility, which he could not practice in the works now consigned to his Spouse.

This arrangement seemed to humiliate him more and filled him with a greater reverential fear.

In this fear he observed most Holy Mary, always bearing in mind the Treasure of Her virginal womb and adoring, magnifying and praising the Lord.

A few times, in reward of his holiness and reverence, or for the increase of both, the infant God manifested Himself to him in a wonderful manner: he saw Him in the womb of His purest Mother enclosed as it were in the clearest crystal. The Sovereign Queen conversed with the glorious Saint concerning the Incarnation; because She did not need to be so reserved in Her heavenly words since he (Saint Joseph) had been enlightened and instructed in the sublime sacraments of the hypostatic union of the divine and human natures in the virginal chamber of his Spouse.

From: Chapter V. of The Mystical City of God; Book Two of the Incarnation, Section 420.

Ponder:

“A few times, in reward of Saint Joseph’s holiness and reverence, or for the increase of both, the infant God manifested Himself to Saint Joseph in a wonderful manner: he saw Him in the womb of His purest Mother enclosed as it were in the clearest crystal.”

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