This four-week course will explore the interior workings of how St Joseph lived God’s sacrificial love. St Joseph understood the meaning of Lenten sacrifice as the key to Easter Resurrection, even before Lent and Easter existed in human history. The tradition of the Church sees him as the ‘ordinary’, hidden, patient, creative, faithful man of mission who worked and sacrificed for the joy of loving something greater: Christ, our Redeemer and Mary, the Mother of our Redeemer. This course will focus on the figure of Joseph utilising reflections by the Fathers of St Joseph, Pope Francis’ Patris Corde (With A Father’s Heart), St Pope John Paul II’s Redemptoris Custos (Guardian of the Redeemer), Jan Dobraczyński’s The Shadow of the Father, Jennifer Settle and Gregory Bottaro’s Consecration to Jesus Through St Joseph and Fr Peter J. Bernardi’s Dying Well: The Christian Art of Dying
Natalie is a Theology tutor with the University of Notre Dame’s School of Theology and Philosophy. She holds a Masters of Theology from the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family Studies in Melbourne and a Masters of Philosophy by Research from the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle. She has provided numerous presentations, and workshops to young people in the Archdioceses of Perth and Melbourne. Natalie has an interest in how a relationship with God impacts our every day life and our deepest relationships and is passionate about others in personal growth and formation.