Silence of the Blessed Virgin in respect of St. Joseph.
Joseph… decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him… Mt 1:19.20
Filled of the highest and most sublime favors, the Blessed Virgin had always about herself the most humble feelings.Her virtue does not stop there;Mary was not satisfied with to despise herself, she wants to be despised by others:she agrees to be taken like a great sinner, and in the eyes of Joseph, O my God! The husband she loved so much; the love of whom precisely she had so much reason to hold.
Mary spent three months in Hebron. On her return to Nazareth, Joseph could not help seeing her condition.He conceives suspicions mixed with extreme affliction.After many thoughts and worries, he is determined to return Mary to her parents... Mary saw her holy husband's anxiety; she could say only one word for he to fall at her feet:word she did not say it;and if the Lord had not taken up the cause of her chaste maid, if an angel had not come from Him to instruct Joseph about the operations of the Holy Spirit, they would have seen the Mother of the Son of God submitted to the most disgraceful humiliation ever.
Blessed Virgin you even perceive this humiliation, and you wait it calmly.Oh! How much reason has the Church to name you Queen of all saints!Who else but you could carry so far the love of humility? ...Let us honor Mary especially since she fled honors and accepted humiliations with the greater courage.
What was the occupation of the Blessed Virgin during the three months she spent with her pious relative? We can say that all her moments were shared between external charities and inside exercise of divine love: she was devoted to prayer all times that were not absorbed with her tender attentions to St. Elizabeth. Who could imagine the fervor of Mary? How vivid were her sighs for her Beloved? What holy ardor in her conversations with Him! All helped her to lift her soul towards the object of her love: she saw Him in everything and everywhere; each of her actions, even the most indifferent, was an elevation of the soul to the Author of all things, and therefore a prayer. Her immaculate heart was like that golden altar of which speaks Apocalypse, where the incense of fervent adoration burned continuously in the presence of the Lord; or rather, she herself was the holocaust that her own passions consumed without destroying it. This is how Mary gave us in her person the most perfect model of all souls devoted to the pursuit of perfection.