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We don’t know much about the circumstances of the early life of Jesus when he lived in his home with Joseph and Mary. We know that Joseph was a carpenter, the income from which probably provided a financially secure life for his family. But at some time before Jesus turned 30 years of age Joseph died, a death about which we know nothing. But whenever Joseph died it would have plunged Jesus and Mary into dire circumstances. Jesus may have attempted to continue the trade of being a carpenter, but he would not have been able to be as good at it as his step-father was.
St. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians attempted to explain how the way in which God chose to become human should influence our behavior as well. He writes:
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though he was in the form of God did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself… (Philippians 2:5-8)
For St. Francis the poverty and humility of God was evident in many ways in the life of Jesus, first of all, in the circumstances of his birth.
The House of Peace was founded in 1968 and continues to be influenced in its day-by-day operations by the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Most people know of the love that St. Francis had for creation seen in the many statues of St. Francis amidst flower gardens, with birds perched on his shoulder or a bunny at his feet. But while he really did have a great affection and respect for all in the animal kingdom, there is much more to his life and spirituality than that.
Mrs. Helen Sturn was a wealthy lady living in Washington, DC. Besides being a parent, she was also an artist, sculptor and author, and donor to a number of charitable causes as often wealthy people do.