By Federico Suarez
Saint Joseph passes through the Gospel without our hearing him utter as much as a single word. But God had selected him for a special mission: to look after two of the greatest treasures who have ever been on earth – Jesus and Mary. And Joseph has a personality of uncommon richness. The figure of Joseph is also an incentive God has given us to stir up hope in the ordinary person.
Joseph of Nazareth is a series of reflections on the life of Saint Joseph in the light of faith and based on revelation. At the end the reader’s love for and devotion to this great saint will have grown considerably. For Joseph, the last of the patriarchs, shows how any one of us can come to be a great saint.
Federico Suarez (1917-2005) obtained a doctorate at the University of Madrid. In 1948 he was appointed Professor of Modern History at the University of Santiago de Compostella. From 1953-1960 he was Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Navarre; and from 1975 until his death he was chaplain to the Royal household.
A member of Opus Dei since 1940, he was ordained in 1948. He carried out extensive pastoral work in university circles and among secular clergy. In addition to more than 20 titles of historical research, he wrote a series of books, including Mary of Nazareth, The Narrow Gate, When the Son of Man Comes and About being a Priest, most of which have been translated into several languages. These books have proved useful for people from all walks of life.