Tista' taqra bil- Malti.
Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna expressed the hope that the Maltese society will keep on cherishing human life and defending it from conception, following in the footsteps of St Joseph.
Speaking at the start of St Joseph’s Year at the Carmelite Sanctuary in Valletta, the Archbishop said “My first prayer for today is that as a society we remain cherishing life and defending it, even at conception. Jesus was born because St Joseph defended him.”
He voiced the wish that in the coming months St Joseph would be seen as an inspiration to all.
“The law gave St Joseph the right to denounce Mary for her infidelity and she would have been stoned, killing her and the child she was carrying. God had not spoken to him. He decided to save her and her child. He also saved her honour,” Msgr Scicluna said, describing Joseph as a just man.
Archbishop Scicluna added that St Joseph was not just a guardian of the life of the mother and the child, but from the very beginning, God trusted him with His plan.
The faithful, said the Archbishop, must look to their own mission with the same sense of duty, justice, integrity and diligence of St Joseph.
He referred to St George Preca’s words to the Maltese population “real devotion means imitation”. Mgr Scicluna said that if one is a devotee of the Virgin Mary or St Joseph, one needs to understand what was at the very core of their soul and heart and follow their example. Archbishop Scicluna described St Joseph as a man of action and of few words.
Following the mass a procession with St Joseph’s statue took place.