A new staff member at Joseph’s House was recently asked via email, “What is it you do at Joseph’s House?” She replied with the above photo she had taken while at work, and the simple statement, “This is what I do.”
Could there be a more concise yet more perfect reply? Or a better description of what we do? Love, compassion, service and security are all portrayed in this image and help all understand the depths of commitment we give to all our moms and their children born and unborn. We are simply family to all no matter where they may be from or what their past might be. If a woman is willing and able to work hard, go by the rules and live in community harmoniously with others at Joseph’s House, she will find the path to change her life.
We are able to do all of the above because of those who constantly assist us, like our friends from St. Anne’s in Manlius. This past Thursday evening many braved the chilly weather for their Annual Spaghetti Supper in support of our mission. This is the 5th year St. Anne’s has hosted this event on our behalf. More than 300 people attended and the mouthwatering food, warm atmosphere and enthusiastic welcome made our moms realize just how large and loving their Joseph’s House family truly is. Many thanks to Reverend Brian Lang, Kathi Esposito and most especially to Fran and Frank Pavone who have worked for days at a time for many years, making pasta, sauce and tons of meatballs in preparation for this blessed event. The money raised sharing good food and company will once again shower many graces upon our mission and will enable us to be persistent in our work on behalf of the sanctity of all human life. Thank you again to all who attended and all who prepared for your staunch support of Joseph’s House!
We are able to persist and persevere in our commitment to all who come to call us home, because of answered prayers and unwavering support from so many. We work with all the moms sent our way while they are with us and after they leave us, so they experience first-hand how steadfast we are in assisting with their needs. At this time, we are home to six moms, seven little ones and have two babies on the way and all are experiencing the loving presence of a most dedicated group of people who want nothing more for them than to be safe, fulfilled and understand they are loved by us as well as by their Father in Heaven. We want our moms to always remember some of the happiest, most productive and most life-changing experiences in their lives occurred while living and learning at Joseph’s House. We want them to comprehend, the more persistent they are in sticking to what they learn while with us and relying on faith, the better chance they have of improving their lives for years to come.
Persistence, perseverance and prayer in any work, in any life will always pay dividends. Being patient and persistent in our relationship with God and with one another, following the rules and always doing the right thing no matter how difficult, are the tools that lead us to understanding the crosses and sufferings of life give us the strength and perseverance needed to lead us to eternal bliss in Heaven.
And so, this is what we do. We love passionately and we serve purposefully. We persist and we persevere, in prayer and in assistance, whether it is convenient or inconvenient. Is it easy? Not always. Is it joy-filled? Every single day. Will we continue to do this work, to be tenacious and labor unceasingly for all who come to us? Absolutely. Why? Because it is our calling, it is our thanksgiving for God’s mercy and because it is our mission to preserve life on behalf of Our Father in Heaven. Thank You, Jesus for giving us the opportunity to do what we do and for letting us know through Your unending blessings, our work in service to Your most innocent and cherished children is exactly what You want it to be. God Bless you my friends.
Love & Prayers,