On his blog, Joe gives his thoughts on life, faith, and everything in between. He hopes his blog is a tool to create discussion and be a source of encouragement and inspiration. Joe also writes reviews of products that match his interests. Joe, who resides in Kitchener Ontario, Canada, is a loving husband to his beautiful wife Janet, and is very loyal to his entire family and faith community.
|Joe and his lovely wife.|
Joe is an identical twin with whom he was born two minutes after. Joe and his twin, Tony, were born three months premature. Joe, when born, was 1lbs 15oz and was very ill as a baby and had come very close to death. Years later in 1994, Joe and his twin were honored and proud to add a new sibling, a baby girl named Katie.
|Joe and his siblings|
Besides being a loving husband and family man, Joe loves to work with people who have disabilities and who are homeless. Speaking of working with the homeless, Joe received an award for his work in 2012. Joe’s work and volunteer experience include organizations that support individuals with disabilities, Catholic school board, retail, and food industry. Joe’s passion for people has been developing for many years.
At the moment, Joe is not currently working but is devoting his time to the new evangelization through means of blogging and speaking. However, he is very determined to find employment. Joe and his wife Janet are looking at relocating in 2015. So let’s learn a little more about Joe, his life, and his blog.
Joe: I help Catholics by being real and authentic in my posts in hopes of encouraging and inspiring others.
Joe: Three favorite posts on my blog are: A Powerful Sign, Saint Chasers, and Connected.
Joe: Three favorite Catholic blogs: Filling my Prayer Closet, One Peter Five, and Liturgy Guy.
Joe: Well, I have been a blogger for quite some time. Blogging has changed me personally because I have come to realize that I have made many mistakes in life, faith, and even in my social media activity. I continue to learn from my mistakes and I grow with the love and support from family, friends, fellow Catholic media personalities, readers of my blog, but most importantly, The Holy Trinity and the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Joe: If I were in Heaven, I would love to see my mom. My mother died November 3rd, 2012 from a heart attack in her sleep at the age of 50 yrs old. I would let her know how much I love her and how much I’ve missed her, and how great it is to be together again.
|Joe and his family|
Jennifer: Who is your favorite saint and why?
Joe: I love the fact that every Sunday as a Catholic and even during the week, I have access to Jesus through the Eucharist at Holy Mass.
Jonathan: Was there ever a pivotal moment where your faith suddenly deepened?
Joe: I would have to say when I first experienced Holy Mass in Extraordinary Form because up until a year or two ago, I had never been to Mass in the Extraordinary Form before. Just to be able to experience this old form of the liturgy with incense, candles, receiving communion while kneeling, chanting, and more was and continues to be an amazing experience.
Jonathan and Jennifer: Thank you, Joe, for your time and all of your efforts to help spread a deeper love of the Catholic faith. We hope this interview will help you on this journey.
About the interviewers:
Jennifer and Jonathan have been married for 17 years and they have 9 children (ages 16 to 3), who they home-educate in Pennsylvania. Jennifer blogs about the faith and creative ways to share it at home and school. Visit her blog at Catholic Inspired.