St. Joseph (Stained Glass Window)
Chapel of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother
Zurita, Cantabria, Spain
The intention of our stained glass windows is to help place oneself in the presence of God and to lead the soul to prayer. They are like the icons in the sense that they are ‘windows’ to eternity. The designs are done in such a way so that whoever enters into the chapel may feel they’re before Jesus, at the feet of Mary, or experience a desire for a more intense prayer life. It is not just a question of having an image of Mary, but that this image helps us take on her same dispositions.
“Faithfulness and Obedience”
St. Joseph…who is he in God’s eyes? God gave him what He most loves: His own Son, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. In this stained glass window, we see him in an attitude of profound recollection. It is a call to interior silence, to ready ourselves to receive the gift of God, which is God himself.
St. Joseph represents a recollected prayer, and the Child Jesus represents contemplation. A light shines out from His Heart.
St. Joseph is the faithful man in whom God the Father was able to trust.
Jesus is the obedient one: “I always do what pleases my Father”. Though God, he teaches us to obey by submitting himself to his earthly father, Joseph. In prayer is where we find the strength to be faithful to what the Lord asks of us, and to obey with promptness and joy.