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Was Joseph willing to divorce Mary because she was pregnant?

Some awareness of Old Testament law is needed to understand the situation of Joseph in discovering the pregnancy of Mary. By law he was considered the husband of Mary as the result of their betrothal, even though he had yet to take her into his home.

Deuteronomy directs what is to be done if a betrothed woman has relations with another man. She is to be stoned unless she was raped.

Joseph was a just, righteous man. He was concerned with doing the right thing. Mary was obviously with child. Knowing Mary, he could not believe her blameworthy. He could think, says Jones, only of some unknown, perhaps supernatural cause.

He would not subject Mary to some procedure before a village court. He would divorce her quietly—perhaps without offering any specific reason as far as the public was concerned.

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Monday, May 13, 2013
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<p>Born in Spain in 1533, Alphonsus inherited the family textile business at 23. Within the space of three years, his wife, daughter and mother died; meanwhile, business was poor. Alphonsus stepped back and reassessed his life. He sold the business and, with his young son, moved into his sisters’ home. There he learned the discipline of prayer and meditation. </p><p>Years later, at the death of his son, Alphonsus, almost 40 by then, sought to join the Jesuits. He was not helped by his poor education. He applied twice before being admitted. For 45 years he served as doorkeeper at the Jesuits’ college in Majorca. When not at his post, he was almost always at prayer, though he often encountered difficulties and temptations. </p><p>His holiness and prayerfulness attracted many to him, including St. Peter Claver, then a Jesuit seminarian. Alphonsus’s life as doorkeeper may have been humdrum, but he caught the attention of poet and fellow-Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins, who made him the subject of one of his poems. </p><p>Alphonsus died in 1617. He is the patron saint of Majorca.</p> American Catholic Blog People mess up, and it’s especially hard to watch as our children and other young people go down paths we know are likely to lead to heartbreak. Providing gentle guidance when it’s needed, and love even when that guidance isn’t followed, helps them to start fresh.

 
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