"I ask to be permitted to live the life of a Marian Sister of Santa Rosa.
Drawn by God’s mercy, I have come here to learn your way of life.
I ask you to teach me to follow Jesus Christ Crucified
and to live generously in poverty, chastity and obedience ..."
- Request of the Postulant to be admitted as a Novice
How shall it be when we see her there,
With heavenlight radiant on her face
Making a glow of her shining hair,
Marking each fold of her garment’s grace?
Breathless in awe shall the angels listen
While we, the fallen, declare her ours
Though all the stars of the morning glisten
Around her circlet of skyey flowers?
For only God and ourselves may claim
This loveliest, spotless, and sinless on
And call her “Mother”—O matchless name!
Whose God and Creator is her Son.
Who shall have words for that breathless hour
When death’s dark slumber is past awhile,
And heaven unfolds like a glowing flower
That blooms forever in Mary’s smile?
Mater Amabilis! Mother-my-own,
How shall I wait all the long years through,
Unsated with beauty, in exile lone,
Searching the skies for a sight of you!
“Mater Amabilis” from p. 43 of Our Lady of Springtime, by Sr. Mary Jean Dorcy, O.P.
"He [St. Joseph] belongs to the working-class,
and he bore the burdens of poverty for himself and the Holy Family,
whose tender and vigilant head he was."
- Pope Pius XI
Excerpt taken from the Apostolic Exhrotation "Redemptoris Custos" on the Person and Mission of St. Joseph in the life of Christ and of the Church by St. John Paul II:
WORK AS AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE
Work was the daily expression of love in the life of the Family of Nazareth. The Gospel specifies the kind of work Joseph did in order to support his family: he was a carpenter. This simple word sums up Joseph's entire life. For Jesus, these were hidden years, the years to which Luke refers after recounting the episode that occurred in the Temple: "And he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them" (Lk 2:51). This "submission" or obedience of Jesus in the house of Nazareth should be understood as a sharing in the work of Joseph. Having learned the work of his presumed father, he was known as "the carpenter's son."