January 10, 2021
St. Joseph is becoming more and more prominent in the eyes of the Church. It wasn’t long ago that St. Joseph’s name was added to the Eucharistic Prayers in the Masses of the Catholic Church. Fr. Don Calloway also wrote a wonderful book in 2020 called “Consecration to St. Joseph: the Wonders of Our Spiritual Father” that has meditations to warm your heart greatly toward St. Joseph. Now, we have a whole year dedicated to him as Pope Francis has declared the year from Dec. 8, 2020 to Dec. 8, 2021 as the Year of St. Joseph.
It’s very fitting, then, that we ask St. Joseph to accompany us through this year in particular. I am confident St. Joseph will be helping us in a special way as we journey along this Way of Perfection. For Carmelites, he is known as the Protector of our Order.
St. Teresa of Avila had a great devotion to St. Joseph. My guest today, Deacon Rusty Baldwin, is going to highlight some points for us to consider from her writings on St. Joseph.
More than that, Deacon Baldwin asks us how we are imitating St. Joseph in our own life.
As a supplement, you may want to read from Pope Francis’s Apostolic Letter “Patris Corde” found on the Vatican website at http://www.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco-lettera-ap_20201208_patris-corde.html
December 9, 2019
Tammy Jetton, OCDS, gives a talk about St. Joseph during a meeting of the Dayton Secular Community's monthly meeting.
October 18, 2019
Reflecting on St. Teresa of Avila’s devotion to St. Joseph, we see that it comes from her own personal life experience and intercession with St. Joseph. This reflection is based on an except from St. Teresa’s: “The Book of Her Life.” Join in at the end by praying the Litany to St. Joseph.
July 14, 2019
After the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph was the greatest Saint ever! In pondering the “glories” of St. Joseph, we are made aware of how God prepared him and used him for the lofty mission of being the Spouse of Mary and the foster father of Jesus. In this “live” presentation given to the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites in Dayton, OH at their general meeting, Frances pinpoints a few of the “glories” of St. Joseph from the beginning to the end of his life. These will surely help the listener to appreciate St. Joseph ever more deeply and to imitate him in loving Jesus and Mary.
March 25, 2019
What do we know about St. Joseph from Scripture? What does Scripture tell us about his faith? Guest, Marika Zimmerman, shares about the virtue of faith and the importance of faith as well as applying it to the person of St. Joseph. We also discuss what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says about faith and the characteristics of faith. How does the faith of St. Joseph apply to our times today? What can we learn from St. Joseph about faith that will help us now?
March 21, 2019
What were some of the most significant Biblical accounts in St. Joseph’s life? What do these accounts tell us about the silence of St. Joseph? What was the key to St. Joseph’s silent serenity? How does St. Joseph model asceticism and recollection for us today? What are some devotions that we could take up this Lenten season?