Pope quotes St. Ambrose, speaking about St. Joseph, the most chaste spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Quoting St. Ambrose, Benedict XVI commented that “in Joseph there was amiability and the figure of a just man to make the quality of his witness more worthy.”

The Pope noted that Joseph “did as the angel of the Lord ordered him,” and that he was “certain of doing the right thing.”

“Also,” he added, “giving the name ‘Jesus’ to that child who rules the entire universe, he enters into the ranks of the faithful and humble servants, like the angels and prophets, like the martyrs and the apostles — in the words of ancient eastern hymns. St. Joseph proclaims the wonders of the Lord, witnessing Mary’s virginity, the gratuitous deed of God, and caring for the earthly life of the Messiah.”

The Holy Father said that the Church “venerate[s] the legal father of Jesus, because the new man takes form in him, who looks to the future with confidence and courage, does not follow his own project, but entrusts himself totally to the infinite mercy of him who fulfills the prophecies and inaugurates the season of salvation.”

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