St. Joseph Gems: Daily Wisdom on our Spiritual Father


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'An Important Message for Our Time'

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We would like to share with you an important message from Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, about his upcoming Consecration to St. Joseph.



You can follow Fr. Calloway's blog at Facebook.com/ConsecrationToStJoseph

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Marika - Apr 27, 2020


Thank you for all you do in building the Kingdom of God. Thank you for your Holy Priesthood. At the start of lent I had purchased your book Consecration to St. Joseph The Wonders of Our Spiritual Father. I wish to thank you for writing this book and to tell to how much I enjoyed it. I learned many new things. My consecration is today on the anniversary of my First Holy Communion which happened in 1969 on the 27th April. The 27th of April is also a special day because it is the anniversary of the canonization of two important Popes for our time, Pope John the XXIII and Pope John Paul II; canonized on this date in 2014. These two saints are near and dear to my heart.

This consecration is timely for me, as the world faces uncertainty in the midst of this pandemic and the faithful have been denied attendance at Holy Mass, no Holy Communions! This is a huge sacrifice for me, a daily communicant, as it is for many of my brothers and sister in Christ. Many hearts are suffering anguish because they cannot go to Holy Mass and receive our beloved Jesus so we must “go to Saint Joseph!” as Saint Teresa of Avila tells us. Good St Joseph, guardian of the Holy family, help us, protect us.

After praying and making my consecration, I went back to the part that has left me wondering, which is why I am writing you today.

Question: On pages 77-78, you speak about the seating in heaven. Beginning at the bottom of page 77, “Mary seated at the right hand of Jesus.” Then on the top of page 78 the question is posed “What about the other side? … It makes sense it is reserved for Joseph. It is fitting that God would place Joseph on the left side of Jesus…”

Immediately, our Creed came to mind. To the left of Jesus is God the Father. “…He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead…” So I was wondering perhaps Joseph is seated at the right hand of Jesus and not Mary because Mary is the spouse of the Holy Spirit. In the creed… “We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. …” So Mary in Union with her spouse the Holy Spirit would be coming forth from and not sitting beside. I’m left wondering. Any thoughts, Father?

Lorraine - Apr 3, 2019

Father Calloway, they are going to canonize you one day. You are a miracle of grace! May the Holy Family reward you for all that you do for us. We need you and more priests like you. Catholics are spiritually starved. I am not signed up to FB, but will check your page out.

p.s. - Mar 31, 2019

so sorry, I think I got confused with "The Glories of Mary" (by St. Alphonsus Liguori). The St. Joseph book I must be thinking of I think is called: "The Life and Glories of St. Joseph" by Edward Healy Thompson, M.A. I remember falling in love with him when I read it. :D But that was a long time ago, and now I'll be needing this new book. :)

correction to comment below... - Mar 31, 2019

not "The Glorious of St. Joseph"
I meant "Glories" :)
(if you've read it y'know what I mean)

Closed Caption checker - Mar 31, 2019

JMJ
Hi! :) The sound on our computer stopped working so I'm watching this video using CC... I noticed what I hope is a typo... at 1:14 it calls it a "delusional" book -- I'm guessing they meant to put "devotional" or something like that? I don't know who writes the CC -- maybe that job is outsourced, but if there's a way to correct that I hope they can. I took some ASL classes, and CC is important for those who are hard of hearing/deaf (which may include the elderly)... they should have access to proper wording. :D Hehe I'm sure he couldn't have said delusional that would just be too silly. ;) But I'm watching the rest of the video, it sounds too wonderful to miss. I remember reading The Glorious of St. Joseph before, but it lacked the guidance that this book should provide. I can't wait to study it, God-willing. And the timing is perfect... I recently started going back to the parish I was confirmed at, St. Joseph's -- after my Dad passed away, because I felt like now I really need St. Joseph even more as a father-figure in my life. (After I had been going to another parish because I felt like I needed THAT saint for a long while). For me, this book will usher in the era of St. Joseph in my life. This book is what I need so I can look to him to get me through.