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 The Holy Family enters the cavern.

SUSANNA

You're lucky that I'm alone. If my husband were here with his companions, he might have done you wrong, but he shouldn't be back until daybreak. Till then, no one will disturb you

SAINT JOSEPH

Thank you. You're a good woman. God will reward you for your charity.

SUSANNA

Where is He, the God of whom you speak to me? For a long time, I have wanted to know Him.

SAINT JOSEPH

O woman! If you knew the name of the one who has just come into your cavern! If you knew the Child whom Mary presses to her heart!...

SUSANNA approaches Mary.

How beautiful your child is! Why, then, have you exposed yourselves to the inclemency of the season in the desert? 

THE BLESSED VIRGIN

An important event has forced us to leave Nazareth to go live in Egypt. You understand what I suffer when I see my Son without shelter and trembling with cold, while the glacial winds at night whip up the desert sands. Or when I cannot even find a single palm tree to shield Him from the burning ardor of the midday Sun. 

SUSANNA

The occasion for which you're making such a difficult jour­ney must be important indeed. If it's to seek your fortune in Egypt, I wouldn't encourage you to keep going. It seems that poor people are even worse off in that country than in ours. Besides. you ought to know that misery always follows those born under its star. The only way to elude it is to rebel against the rich and to seize from them by force the wealth that is unjustly divided.

SAINT JOSEPH

It is not poverty that we flee. Happiness does not con­sist in having wealth, but in humbly submitting your will to that of God, who gives each person -what He knows to be necessary or the salvation of his soul.

THE BLESSED VIRGIN 

 

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