Now Joseph comprehends the high degree of honour to which union with Mary admits him. He is chosen as father to Mary's Son, the Son of God, and the honour will be his of bestowing on the Divine Child the admirable name of Jesus, a name which in itself designates all that He is, and all that He will be!
No longer let us murmur at Joseph's silence. We know but one word that issued from his lips, but by this one word Joseph has revealed more than all the Prophets of the Old, and as much as the Apostles and Doctors of the New Testament: for Joseph has named Jesus.
The prophets foretold what Messias would do and say, but none declared His name; but this name in itself reveals all that Jesus is, all that Jesus will be. The Apostles can tell us no more than this. Ifthey traverse the world, it is to preach the name of Jesus; if they create astonishment by their miracles, it is because they work them in the name of Jesus; whether they suffer, whether they die, it is for the name of Jesus. The Doctors speak and write but to explain, propagate, and defend the Faith in the name of Jesus; and Saint Bernard exclaims, as did Saint Paul, that he knows but one thing, but one word—Jesus. All the Doctors and all the Apostles say the same.
For ourselves, let there be fewer words, fewer ideas. One suffices. With Joseph let us seek but Jesus, think but Jesus, speak but Jesus, serve but Jesus, act but for Jesus, and then shall we never be separated from Jesus.
Watchword, —Invoke incessantly the Holy Name of Jesus.
7. The Three Great Names.
Father Gaspard Bon began and ended all his questions, and all his replies, by invoking the holy names of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, and expired uttering these sacred names, which are in themselves a pledge of salvation.