3 New Books by Abbot Oscar Joseph
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The Joy of Spiritual Freedom
No More Doubts | No More Fear
The Joy of Spiritual Freedom is the first of a trilogy that leads and inspires the reader to enter into a joy-filled relationship with a loving God. It is grounded in Biblical wisdom revealing how to remove debilitating doubt and fear. It draws from inspirational letters and case studies that illustrate the Gospel path toward freedom.
Memoirs of a Christian Healer
Real Life Stories | Genuine Healings
Memoirs of a Christian Healer chronicles the miraculous works of God. You will experience the joy of victory and the sorrow of human weakness. Incorporated within the many stories the Abbot includes reflective lessons on the Healing Ministry. The many stories are of real people and genuine healings.
Listen with the Ear of Your Heart
Your Pilgrimage Toward Intimacy with God
God created you to yearn for intimacy with Him. Listen with the Ear of Your Heart presents a dynamic pilgrimage utilizing Scripture, the teachings of the Church Fathers, The Rule of St. Benedict, prayer, meditation and contemplation.
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Abbot Oscar Joseph
Abbot Oscar Joseph has been a Christian Counselor and Spiritual Director to hundreds over the past thirty-five years. He has also conducted healing services throughout the East Coast of the United States. He is currently a Bishop and serves as the Abbot General of the Cistercian Order of the Holy Cross.
– The Center Coordinator and Assistant Program Director for St. Placid Priory’s Spirituality Center
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The Garden of Eve narrative is one of my favorites. It gives insight into the genesis of humanity’s sin-caused problems. It seems to me that many of our current issues worldwide are due to the sin of covetousness. Since Eve coveted the fruit of the tree, that God forbade her to eat this sin has been with us. Admiring the fruit was allowed; all of God’s creation deserves admiration. Eve’s downfall was allowing herself to desire what did not belong to her, then stealing it and lying about it.
“The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength.” Over the years and during challenging times, I meditated on the phrase, “The joy of the Lord is your strength,” hoping to be able to learn to manufacture this joy. Being an independent, I-can-do-it sort of person, I believed that if I could learn how, I could master the secret of being joyful, and therefore, strong. This strength would give me the emotional, psychological, and spiritual strength to endure. I worked and worked but still felt like a failure. No amount of positive self-talk worked. Nehemiah 8:10 encourages us that the joy of the Lord will strengthen us to do what is right in His eyes. I prayed and meditated on this scripture, believing that God would show me my failure and the path toward holy joy.
It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the heart of men from the love of the world and its vanities and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
The Blessed Virgin has always been seen in a relationship to a community. When we first meet her in Scripture, Mary’s community includes her Jewish family and relatives.