The New Testament gives us other examples of discipleship. Most notably, the apostles: those who were among the first followers of the Lord, who heard the Master speak directly of going into the entire world and furthering his mission.
273. The apostles of Jesus and the saints have also marked the spirituality and way of life of our churches. Their lives are privileged places of encounter with Jesus Christ. Their testimony remains valid and their teachings inspire the being and action of the Christian communities of the continent. Among them, the apostle Peter to whom Jesus entrusted the mission of confirming the faith of his brothers (cf. Lk 22:31-32), helps them to strengthen the bond of communion with the pope, his successor, and to find in Jesus the words of eternal life. Paul, the tireless evangelizer, has shown them the path of missionary boldness and the will of approaching each cultural reality with the Good News of salvation. John, the disciple loved by the Lord, has revealed to them the transforming power of the new commandment and the fecundity of remaining in his love.
One of the shorter sections of this document:
274. Our peoples nourish affection and special devotion to Joseph, Mary’s husband, the just, faithful, and generous man who knows how to lose himself in order to find himself in the mystery of the Son. St. Joseph, the silent teacher, fascinates, attracts, and teaches, not with words but as the shining testimony of his virtues and his firm simplicity.
A silent teacher, in contrast to the like-named patriarch of Genesis. How often does a silent example serve to say more than many words?
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.