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