The Holy Ground of Joseph's House

John & Teresa Brusa, receiving the Pillars of Faith Award with Kitty Spinelli and Bronson Kopp of Joseph’s House

John & Teresa Brusa, receiving the Pillars of Faith Award with Kitty Spinelli and Bronson Kopp of Joseph’s House

The Holy Ground of Joseph’s House was created, nurtured and birthed through the power of prayer. The prayers of all of those pro-life warriors who have sacrificed and fasted for the right to life for all unborn children since Roe v. Wade became the law of our land in 1973. On Tuesday March 19th, 2019, Joseph’s House celebrated five years of life, five years of love, and the birth of 51 newborn babies and honored two of these pro-life heroes and prayer warriors, Teresa and John Brusa. Thanks to all of you able to attend and or support our mass and breakfast at this most special celebration. It was a stellar event beginning with a prelude of music from Ms. Althea Chaplin from True Vine Church, a most inspiring mass and homily from Rev. Matthew Lyons of Holy Family Church and the music of one of our founders and past Board President, Barry Vaughn. Many friends from our past and many new faces as well, joined us as we celebrated the most remarkable achievement of saving more than 50 newborn children, their mothers, and their siblings, from homelessness, hunger and abandonment. More than 50 new born babies whose lives were saved and preserved because of the blessing of Joseph’s House.

Tuesday morning, before our event, I went to pp to say a Rosary as I have every St. Joseph’s Day since 2009. It was eerily quiet and still dark so I stayed in the car. I thought about all the people who work in that building and how when I was there praying more regularly the employees recognized me. My “Good Mornings and God Bless yous” to them for 4 years were never acknowledged until they heard about Joseph’s House. I prayed for them again on Tuesday, although I did not see them or anyone else there. I realized the people working there now would no longer recognize me, making me understand I need to be there more often. I also realized they not only would not recognize me, they do not recognize what they are doing. Meaning, to paraphrase the words of Jesus from the Cross, we are to pray for them. We are “to forgive them for they know not what they do.” We must always remember we may easily misjudge their motives, easily misjudge their intentions and easily misjudge their beliefs and be sure to reach out to them in love, with respect, and with the hope they will someday see the light.

I’m often asked how to best describe the mission of Joseph’s House and what we believe as Catholics. I always begin with our belief in the sanctity of human life. We also believe in the dignity of all men, women and children from all walks of life. We believe we are called to assist the most vulnerable of God’s children, most especially pregnant, homeless women and their children who have been abandoned by those they love the most through our work at Joseph’s House.

Do justice for the weak and the orphan, defend the afflicted and the needy.* Rescue the weak and the poor; set them free from the hand of the wicked.
— Ps 82:3-4; Jm 2:5

We believe no woman should have to choose between a roof over her head and life for her unborn child and yet everyday we hear the words, “I have nowhere to go because I want to have my baby.” How does a young woman choose between a safe place to live and bringing a new life into the world at what is probably the most difficult and the most pivotal moment of her life?

At Joseph’s House we believe one abortion is a tragedy. We believe the 3,000 abortions taking place in our country each and every day is an absolute travesty and the 60 million abortions that have taken place since 1973 in this country are an abomination. And so, Joseph’s House exists to put what may seem to be an almost invisible dent in those numbers, albeit a dent that has resulted in the saving and blessings of 51 innocent children in the past 5 years. It only takes one person to change the world my friends, and in those terms, 51 seems like a much more impressive dent.

In the end, the precious blood of the innocent son and heir becomes the vineyard’s produce. God will not be outdone.
— From Friday March 22 Magnificat Mass Prologue

Joseph’s House is the fruitful vineyard built on the Holy Ground of the precious blood of the 60 million innocents lost to abortion. Our moms have referred to Joseph’s House as a safe-haven, an oasis of peace, a hidden gem where one learns the love of family and the love of God, many times, for the first time in their life. We are a family sharing and supporting all moms courageous enough to work hard towards leaving behind the victim hood of their pasts to become survivors for their futures. Joseph’s House was established through the abundance of God’s Mercy for His prodigal daughters and sons. It is Holy Ground Consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Immaculate Heart of Mary under the patronage of St. Joseph. Our most frequent prayer is we will forever be gallant foot soldiers and unfailing warriors for God striving to do His most challenging and joyful work of saving and changing the lives of His most precious children, two generations at a time.

God Bless you my friends,

Love & Prayers,

Kitty

Five Years of Joseph's House

Our First Joseph’s House Mom and Baby

Our First Joseph’s House Mom and Baby

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

St Patrick’s Day always means three things, many celebrations, green everywhere including the beer and St. Joseph’s Day is right around the corner. As we approach this St. Joseph’s Day, we are also approaching the 5th anniversary of Joseph’s House. Hard to believe it’s been 5 years since we welcomed our first Joseph’s House baby in April of 2014 while this month of March of 2019, we welcomed our 51st newborn baby. God is good my friends and His works are most stunningly apparent to all of us every day through the trials, tribulations, joys and celebrations of the lost souls He sends our way.

Our moms and babies have been busy this past few weeks sledding, celebrating birthdays, and going out to high school plays while continually working on improving their lives in many different ways. We have moms working full time and going to school full time while juggling multiple children. Moms working hard to overcome addiction, eating disorders and abusive relationships with family and with the fathers of their children. Exodus moms who continue to reach new goals giving them the inspiration to keep trudging along even when the going is tough. These are difficult courses for all to navigate, but most difficult when one is all alone. Most of these moms are truly alone except for the family they have come to know in and through Joseph’s House.

This past Tuesday we were visited by some of the students from Holy Cross Academy. They are so touched by the work we do and the women and children in the house, they have held a Baby Bottle drive for us and are coming back to assist with some child care and spring cleanup.

As these young people were finishing lunch on Tuesday, I ran up-stairs to get my phone for a photo and when I arrived downstairs again, the dining room was all cleaned up and empty and everything was quiet. I walked through the front hall into the chapel and there they were, 23 kids and their 4 chaperones down on their knees, Rosaries in hand in silence before Our Lord Jesus Christ. This scene had a profound impact, taking my breath away as in all the years we have been in our home I have never witnessed anything like this before. When I offered chairs I was told, “We are Franciscan, our knees are fine.” Talk about humility and having hearts, minds and souls directed to heaven. As I knelt down with my Rosary the gratefulness in my heart for being allowed to be a part of all of this was immense as I knew what I was partaking in was a gift from God. It was also confirmation our mission will continue into the future. This is the future we want for the children of Joseph’s House and for their mothers. We want them to have what these young people have been blessed to come to know. We want them to understand the Love God has for them as well as our love for them and it is the reason why each and every day we strive to show everyone living in our home, the same love we show to our own children, simply because these lost children of God have no knowledge love of this kind exists.

As Peter, John, and James look up to the mountaintop
and see the transfigured Jesus radiating like a star,
God makes a promise: “This is my chosen Son.”
The Father asks us to put our faith in Christ: “Listen to him.”  
—  From March 17th Magnificat and today’s Holy Gospel according to Luke

This work is our passion, it is our joy, it is our strength and it is our salvation for as long as Our Lord in Heaven shows us the way. It has transfigured us so we are keenly aware of the promptings of Christ. We have become adept at following every single, tiny inspiration given to us. We have found as we continue to step out in search of ways to fulfill these promptings and these inspirations, miracles appear a thousand-fold in unimaginable ways. Each day we are astounded how our thoughts that sometimes are not even really prayers, are answered and confirmed in the most unexpected and unassuming ways making them almost invisible to some, but beacons of light and assurance to those gifted with eyes to see. These truths make our work on behalf of Our Lord always exciting, ever evolving, and forever extending our comfort zones.  

Over the last few months as I have reflected on the miracles that are the foundation of this mission, I am more in awe of the grace of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ than ever. He gives us precisely what we need when we need it and the courage and perseverance to handle the difficulties, the humiliations and the impatience of many who doubt we are of God. As God chose St. Joseph to be our mentor and our guardian, He also send us people hand-picked by Jesus to lead us into the future. We are forever grateful to all of those who have helped in the founding of this mission, many of whom still serve us in a multitude of ways. We are dazzled and amazed by the depths of their devotion, and the devotion of all who have served us in our past and those serving us today in so many diverse ways, to the unborn and to our mission of Joseph’s House.

Please pray for us as we head into another year of being the hands and feet of Jesus for His mission of Joseph’s House. Our never-ending hope is to transform the lives and transfigure the depths of love in the hearts of all those we serve so they might put their faith and futures into the hands of Jesus Christ and radiate His grace like a shining star. We also hope and pray for all the same transformations and graces for each and everyone of you and your families. God Bless you my friends!

Love & Prayers,

Kitty

Taming Our Passions

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I was blessed to travel south and catch some sunshine over the last couple of weeks. I went down to rest, regain my health, do absolutely nothing and clear my head. It was glorious in many ways and one of the best things occurring was my ability to prepare mentally and physically for Lent. This occurrence was made possible through fasting, walking, spending time in prayer and going much slower than my normal pace. The hardest part has been returning home where it will be more difficult to continue making progress.  

 Each walk on the beach was an opportunity to meditate, and contemplate the beauty of the surroundings and the awesomeness of God’s creation. On Ash Wednesday my thoughts led to the understanding that in our humanity we are all a bit divine as at the moment of our conception we were kissed by The Divine One as Our Creator breathed life into our souls. God in His great wisdom in creating us as Temples of the Holy Spirit and in His likeness and image has gifted us with the opportunity to create life biologically, to carry burgeoning life within our bodies, and instill life in others through our words, works and actions making us all living Trees of Life.  

In our humanness we are also capable of exactly the opposite. Many fail at their calling to be living Trees of Life as at some time or other we have eaten the forbidden fruits of convenience, self-centeredness and materialism. This fact is made widely evident today as the culture of death overtakes the hearts, minds and souls of many, including influential people in all walks of life impacting the laws enacted in New York state and all over our country. We, like our original parents Adam and Eve have the tendency to rebel against our innate goodness and fall into bad habits leading us toward sin and far away from God’s original plan for our lives. So how do we tame our tendencies toward concupiscence? How do we tame our passions? How do we tame the passions of others?

“In the Old Testament, the Lord told Isaiah that a fast properly undertaken would ‘loose the bonds of wickedness ... undo the thongs of the yoke ... let the oppressed go free’ (Is. 58:6) ... In the New Testament, we find that Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the wilderness in preparation for His battle with Satan, who came to tempt Him (see Lk 4:1-2) ... If prayer is a spiritual weapon, fasting is the spiritual whetstone on which it is sharpened. It’s the spiritual muscle that, when exercised regularly, strengthens the thrust of that weapon to pierce the Enemy and drive him away.”
— Paul Thigpen, pg. 42, Manual for Spiritual Warfare

Fasting from food for extended periods of time is something not everyone is physically able to do, so please do not try this unless you have the permission of your physician and spiritual director. There are many other things we can fast from that are just as rewarding and there is a big difference between eating 3 balanced meals a day and gluttony, which is spoken of below.


“ St. John Cassian, a Church Father and monk of the late 4th and early 5th centuries, wrote that monks (and all Christians) need to overcome eight vices: gluttony, fornication, avarice, anger, sadness, acedia, vainglory, and pride. The order given for these vices was not arbitrary: he found that conquering one vice was often dependent upon defeating preceding vices in the list, and so gluttony’s place at the head of the list is significant. Cassian writes if one does not overcome gluttony, he cannot even engage in battle against the other vices.”
— From To Love Fasting Eric Sammons for One Peter 5

Fasting is something I have done off and on over the last few years and began again in earnest this past Advent. I simply decided to not eat after 6 PM. Gradually 6 PM became 4 PM and sometimes 3 PM and almost by accident, I found I wasn’t eating for 18 or 19 hours at a time because breakfast was never eaten until after 8:15 mass. There are times when this is especially hard as there is always the preparing of another dinner in our home at 7:30 PM for my son.  If, however, I meditate on Our Lord’s Passion or Our Lady’s “Fiat” and offer up my temptation to sneak a bite, it is always easier to stay on the straight and narrow. It was the same while on vacation. There was a light breakfast of fruit and coffee, lots of water and a very late lunch or early dinner filled with fiber, vegetables and protein.  I wasn’t hungry, increased my energy and found a mental clarity and endurance I am unfamiliar with.

“It is by endurance that you will secure possession of your souls (Luke 21:18). The possession of a soul means the undisturbed mastery of oneself, which is the secret of inner peace, as distinguished from a thousand agitations which make it fearful, unhappy, and disappointed.”

 
—  Fulton J. Sheen, pg.322, Life of Christ

This type of fasting has tamed my obsession with shopping. It has helped tame the mindless habits of social media and television. It has helped tame the once uncontrollable muttering under my breath and being overly judgmental and critical. It has increased my patience and my time for prayer. It has given me the endurance to do the right things when it would be easier to do something else and has brought a quiet peace to my soul.  

Most importantly fasting has brought me closer to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and hopefully somehow made me worthy of the little bit of divinity within me making me a living Tree of Life. If I can just keep going for another 35 days, maybe I can tame my passions forever always remembering, everything is possible with God. May God Bless you my friends with the endurance needed to tame whatever passions He should ask of you, this Lenten season and forevermore.

Love & Prayers,

Kitty

 

EXODUS RULES!

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The excitement and joy of Joseph’s House cannot be contained within our home. We often have experiences where our moms travel to outside destinations to share dinner and stories with others. These excursions are always fun and educational. This happened this past Friday when all our moms and little ones including some Exodus moms traveled to Lemoyne College to share a night with Father Dolan and his students. Yesterday they travelled to the MOST for a day of  learning and adventure.

This past week however, the joys and difficulties of Joseph’s House were made evident in our Exodus program. Exodus is our continuing program for moms and little ones who have graduated from the house but still need the support of “family” because they have no support from fathers or relatives to help them with problems that might occur unexpectedly. This support has become such an integral part of Joseph’s House and our Exodus moms’ continued success, we have an Assistant Director for Exodus in charge of assisting them as needed while planning special events and on-going life skills in areas such as budgeting, driving instruction and educational opportunities.

Sue has been running Exodus for nearly a year and has had some great success stories. Below are a couple of the stories she shared with us this week.

This was a busy week in Exodus. There have been peaks and valleys all week.  It has been joyful, exhausting and everything in-between. Shifting gears between celebrating and holding back tears has been a constant. Celebrations first.

Jess has been a shining star this week. She is officially full time at the hospital. With her own hard work and the financial help of JH she received her drivers’ license this week.  She also received her tax refund and we sat down to budget paying off all her debt and prepaying some upcoming bills. She has agreed to set aside an emergency fund!  I am over the moon. I preach emergency funds all day long to our mom's. (finally, someone listened!)  Now that Jess was able to pay off student loan debt, she will go back to OCC in the fall. She was planning to go into nursing but is feeling pulled towards human services where she can help young people in a way that she has experienced. 

After attending life skills on Tuesday, Cassie delivered a healthy baby girl early Wednesday morning. Thankfully and with lots of prayer she didn't experience any of the complications the doctor was concerned about.”

There are also stories of some of the ups and downs we all experience at times, made easier for moms to handle because sometimes Exodus support is simply a soft shoulder and reassuring voice.

“Kelly was in a car accident and totaled her car. Thankfully no one was hurt but it has definitely caused some stress. Here is a mom never asking for anything, who consistently keeps in touch and attends many Exodus events.”

You should also know this Exodus mom is doing well in her new management position at work and her little one is thriving.

And then there are stories breaking our hearts and highlighting the difficulties moms experience, especially those who have had problems with addiction.

“Stacy had a difficult week. After being sanctioned last Friday she spent a week in custody and appeared in court on Tuesday and we were there to support her. Today we received good news, she will be released from jail into a treatment facility. Another answer to prayer. Hoping and praying this needed treatment will be a healing and restorative experience for her. We are also in contact with the father of her child and assisting him with some needed items.”

The above examples give you a glimpse into some of the joys and difficulties our moms as well as our staff deal with weekly. These young women and their children have endeared themselves to us and it is very difficult not to be touched emotionally in their victories and in their tragedies because they are loved. This love is a love most of them are unfamiliar with and is a love we as staff has found through walking daily with Jesus Christ. Our Lord has taught all of us it is our duty to forgive the mistakes made by these young people 70 X 7 always being sure in our forgiveness, we do not enable. These are tough boundaries to straddle however we are learning through experience and through the attitudes displayed by moms in need, the ways in which to best negotiate them. Joseph’s House is an ever-evolving mission where we will always go to the depths of our being to forgive and assist those moms and little ones, we consider family. That is what we are called to do as Christians, as Catholics and as people steeped in the truth of Jesus Christ.

Be sure to check out our upcoming events. Our 5th Anniversary is fast approaching next month and we’re celebrating with Mass and Breakfast. Our Golf Tournament is coming up around the corner on June 10 as well and registration is now open. We would love to have you join us!

God Bless you my friends.

Love & Prayers,

Kitty

The Impact of Joseph's House

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Finally, there is the most important component in building our fortitude and instilling us with the ability to impact so many, the place where dynamism is received through Heaven propelling us forward.....
— HS

There are weeks in this mission where quite honestly, we wonder why we do what we do. Moms and kids are not always appreciative or happy. Staff and volunteers get overwhelmed and exhausted and pleadings to Our Lord seem to be unheard. Thank God there are also MORE weeks like this one where we see, hear and feel first-hand the impact of this mission on those inside as well as outside our home.

This past week there were many accomplishments some might consider small however in the lives of the young women calling Joseph’s House home, they are milestones. When we see our moms learning and then executing new ways to handle bumps in the road, anxiety issues, and make solid efforts at being consistent in parenting their children, we know we are on the right path to helping them truly change the ways of their past.

Then there are visits to other life-saving programs where we hear from people we admire, people whose work we consider heroic and most imperative, where we are told they love our program and want to partner with us. These meetings, while pumping us with enthusiasm and making us realize God IS hearing and answering our pleadings, also confirm the knowledge our work is most important, the need for it is always increasing, and we must continue to pursue new avenues of assistance for all those encountering unplanned pregnancy, homelessness, impossible circumstances and child rearing on their own.

As if all of this isn’t enough, there are ever increasing visits and notes from students and young people where we see the beauty of pro-life belief blossoming profusely making us understand there is a bright future for missions like ours. We recently heard a story about a 16 year-old preparing for Confirmation and the letter he wrote to Bishop Cunningham explaining to the Bishop how his mom’s involvement with Joseph’s House has changed his life and given him a new perspective. This young man seems to have an improved attitude and more appreciation for his mom and his family because of the eye-opening effects of this ministry. There is also the enthusiasm of the students pictured above from Holy Cross Academy in Oneida, their warm reception, impressive Baby Bottle Drive and most heart-warming notes of thanks, allowing us to see the impact of Joseph’s House has no bounds and will carry on for years to come.

Finally, there is the most important component in building our fortitude and instilling us with the ability to impact so many, the place where dynamism is received through Heaven propelling us forward. Our monthly mass gatherings where our union with Jesus, Mary and Joseph through the reception of the Eucharist followed by an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, are our most empowering driving forces . In those moments where we bow our heads to Christ, offer all we are and all we have to Him and where we receive His Divinity within our own bodies, Heaven comes to earth to penetrate us and fills us to overflowing. This time in prayer instills us with a faith so deep, so pure, so viable, we bound out of our beautiful chapel like little children inebriated with staggering amounts of hope and joy. A hope and joy fueling our determination, perseverance and commitment to Jesus and His mission of Joseph’s House. We do not exist without Jesus, without the mass, without the Eucharist, without prayer and without Adoration in thanks and praise of Our Lord Almighty.

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No moment spent in My presence is without value. Every moment given Me is precious in My sight and becomes fruitful for the whole Church. It is not a question of quantity, of spending long hours in My presence when the duties of one’s state in life require something else. What I ask instead is the moment of pure adoration and of love offered to Me from a simple, childlike heart. Just as a mother takes as much delight in a single wildflower offered by her child as in a great bouquet of flowers, so too do I take delight in the moment offered Me out of love.

Begin, then, by offering Me what you can. You will see that I will move you to add moment to moment, until you are giving Me all the time of adoration and of love that I desire from you. Too many souls are discouraged when they attempt to pray. They think, wrongly, that unless they undertake much, they should undertake nothing. And so they abandon prayer and leave Me alone, leave Me waiting for their little moment of presence, a consolation to My Heart.

Give Me the little moment of adoration and of love and I will multiply it, making it possible for you to give Me an hour of adoration and of love, as they become available in your life, and as I ask them of you. Too many souls try to do too much, and end up doing nothing. It is better to begin by doing what is very little, and by entrusting that little offering to Me, confident that I will receive it and turn it to My glory and to the glory of the Father.
— In Senu Jesu

I would ask you all who are far away from God at this moment to recommit yourselves to His Divine assistance. If you are Catholic and not attending mass, please go to Reconciliation and find your way back to peace, where the emptiness felt in your life, in your heart, mind and soul will be filled with the friendship and consolations of Jesus Christ. If someone like me is able to muster the courage for this grace from God and has been truly forgiven, I know you are able as well. And should you feel the need to speak about this and I can help in any way, please feel free to contact me through our website at www.jhfw.org.

My promise to God for all the ways He has blessed my life is to let as many people as possible know about His longing to call all of us home to share in His love, His mercy and the Glory of His Presence impacting as many souls as He wishes to send my way. I am here to help you and Joseph’s House is here as well. God Bless you my friends!

Love & Prayers,

Kitty

Put Out into Deep Water

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My family went to Mass this weekend, it was a real treat for me as I got to listen to the readings and homily without distraction! Of course that means my wife was wrangling our 17 month old son in the crying room and my 4 year old was at the children’s liturgy. Since I didn’t have to juggle Cheerios and quietly answer each question or shush each giggle or whine, I was able to spend a good bit of time immersing myself in the Word of God. Since it had been another busy week at Joseph’s House- as most of them are- and once again seemed particularly draining- as many of them are, this was a much needed blessing.

This weekend’s Gospel reading is one of my favorites. There are a few reasons this particular reading has always appealed to me. First, you have the beautiful image of the crowd.

While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening
to the word of God

This quote brings to mind the concerts I’ve been to where the crowd becomes so entrenched in the performance they continually try to get closer, to push further, so they can more fully get the most from the experience. I imagine the crowds listening to Jesus teaching had a similar experience. Hanging on each of his words and being so fully consumed by his teaching, those gathered kept pressing closer and closer. They pressed so very close, Jesus had to get into a boat and “put out a short distance” and began teaching from the boat. One can easily imagine His voice radiating across the water in symphonic ripples reaching the hearts and souls of all who continued to gather in the growing crowd. Such a beautiful image to contemplate.

‘Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.’
Simon said in reply,
Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing

When Jesus tells Simon to go into the deep water and lower his nets, Simon’s first instinct is to almost say “We’ve tried that, we’ve worked hard all night and have caught nothing.” You can almost imagine the thought was accompanied by an eye roll or a shoulder shrug. But Simon acquiesces. I’m reminded of this story often in my daily life as well as at Joseph’s House when I find myself getting caught in the pattern of “we’ve tried that” or “I already attempted that” or “that won’t work.” It’s a dangerous pattern in which to fall.

The first part of this verse “Put out in deep water” is a call for something more. A call to go the extra mile, to go where it’s uncomfortable, to push the limits and go out on a limb. The deep waters are where it’s rough. The waves are bigger and more dangerous. It undoubtedly takes longer and requires more patience to navigate the deep rather than the shallow. Going into the deep water makes one stretch the boundaries of their solace, beliefs and talents so it always feels easier and safer to stay where the waters are peaceful, calm and shallow, to stay within the cocoon of familiarity where one always knows exactly what to think, to do and to say.

‘Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,
but at your command I will lower the nets.’
When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish
and their nets were tearing.
They signaled to their partners in the other boat
to come to help them.
They came and filled both boats
so that the boats were in danger of sinking.

Simon agrees and says “at your command I will lower the nets.” To his utter surprise and amazement the catch fills their boats, along with their partners, to the point where they were in danger of sinking. The abundance of the catch is symbolic of the blessing of those who acquiesce and follow Jesus. I imagine that as the boats got precariously full they may have thought to themselves, “Oh no what have we gotten ourselves into?” Isn’t this a common feeling when carrying out God’s work? When you step out in faith you’re almost always surprised- amazed even- and perhaps a little scared at the blessings provided. One might even think at times, “Oh no, what have we gotten ourselves into?”

I know our work at Joseph’s House requires us to often step out in faith always with cautious trepidation. We do so only when we are sure we are following His call for something bigger. Generally whatever it is we’ve imagined, we find Jesus works in exponents and are our expectations are minuscule compared to his plans. But this is only found when one has the faith to “Put out into the deep water.”

When they brought their boats to the shore,
they left everything and followed him.

The end of this passage could easily be over looked, but remember the Apostles were so overcome with what had happened, they went on to follow Jesus. They not only went to follow Jesus but they “left everything.” They had just finished probably the most successful fishing trip of their lives and they left it all behind for Jesus. How many would have thought “Great! Now we know where we can get more fish and grow our business! Now we know how we can be more successful!” Instead, the Apostles left it all behind to follow Jesus. Perhaps this is another way we can “put out into the deep water” or answer the call to step out in faith. Abandoning ourselves and our personal fulfillment and surrendering ourselves to the greater glory of God.

Have a Blessed Week!

Bronson

WE ARE LIFE!

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It’s been a celebratory week at Joseph’s House. Baby Showers celebrating the gift of new life, new schools and new possibilities for our pre-k kids, a fun night at a Crunch game and the realization that each and every person spoken to this week share our concerns and feelings of the horrendous legislation put forth in the State of New York by our governor and legislatures. People are enraged and disgusted by the vile comments of the governor of Virginia and the efforts being made in many other states to enact this satanic law. As if all of what we heard this past week is not enough, we now have doctors promoting abortion after birth. In other words, murdering a newborn child.

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant .
— From After Birth Abortion, Why Should the Baby Live?

Look at the photo above and know Joseph’s House is the antithesis of the above quote and what took place in legislative chambers in our state last week. Contemplate the differences between the joy above and the hate speech spewed by our governor concerning pro-life people.

Do you see the contrast? Do you see we are hope-filled while Mr. Cuomo and his cronies are hate-filled? Can you see how we are the positive and they are the negative? Do you understand we are in the fight of our lives for our future because if we continue voting people like this into office, they will kill off our grandparents and parents by euthanasia and our children through contraception and abortion?  Margaret Sanger the founder of planned parenthood was a eugenicist as was Hitler. She built her clinics in poor, black neighborhoods in the hopes of aborting a whole race out of existence. Her views on birth control and abortion have caused a Demographic Winter in China, all over Europe and now in the United States of America. We have come to the point where we are euthanizing, aborting and contracepting ourselves out of existence.

Quite honestly this evil is having some positive results our legislators never saw coming. It has exposed many to the true agenda of the liberal, progressive people in our government. It has made many realize, including many who are pro-choice, abortion is out of control. It is enlightening people to the fact that late term abortion has been a part of our law since the Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions of 1973. Liberals are so afraid these laws will be overturned by our Supreme Court at the federal level, they are pushing through the same legislation at the state level.

Here is the Good News. All people are enraged. I know many of you are and have spoken to many pro-choice people feeling the same. Many people who have never spoken on this issue before are digging in and speaking out as they see the evil and the insanity now in a way they never witnessed before. In the wake of all of this negativity, here is an example of one of the many positives.

With the passing of the extended abortion law here in NY and the bill that was presented in VA and the statements made by their governor it is clear what the goal is with these people. I think it’s more than aborting baby’s, I think it’s to remove God from people’s life. Because with God, there are laws more powerful than theirs.  And how can they rule over us if we have a God more powerful than them.  It seems so clear to me. Innocent babies are just collateral damage.  

My financial contribution is my small way of having my voice be heard.  You are providing help and a true alternative for woman who really don’t want to have an abortion but don’t know what else to do.

God is working through you all, and love always wins.

At Joseph’s House we know we are of God. We understand without God there are no limits to the depths of depravity the human race can sink. Our friend above is quite correct in believing the ultimate goal of many people controlling our government at every level as well as our educational institutions from pre-k to the most prestigious of universities, is to rid society of God because belief in Him impedes their freedoms. If only they had the wisdom to understand true freedom is found only in God, with God, through God and in working for God!

Joseph’s House has a very exciting, positive vision for the future. Everything we hope, plan and pray we will be able to accomplish in the future celebrates life, celebrates family, celebrates education, celebrates love and celebrates the Glory of God. Our mission will always be to overcome this hatred for God’s creation through our work and to turn the tide of bigotry directed at all generations in this country. We will make our voices heard for every facet of life. We ask for your prayers, we ask for your support, we ask you to consider praying at planned parenthood, joining us for monthly mass, writing to all your legislators at every level of government to let them know you support life. We ask you to educate yourselves on the beliefs and values of all those you vote for, even those running for your Board of Education and your local governments because those same people may one day be your state legislators, congressmen or senators.

We can only change the future by giving birth to our children and raising them with love, respect and faith in God and helping those without family to become members of our own. We have everything encompassing the truth and love of Jesus at Joseph’s House and that is why

WE ARE LIFE!!

God Bless you my friends,

Love & Prayers,

Kitty

Celebrating 50 Gifts of Life!

It’s been another busy week at Joseph’s House and one that started in the best way possible- with welcoming another new life into the world! The 50th newborn baby to call Joseph’s House home was born early this week. 50 of God’s most precious gifts that got a chance at a better life because of Joseph’s House.

This gift from God was welcomed to the Joseph’s House family at exactly the time it was needed most. This was a difficult week for those who belief in the sanctity and dignity of Life as New York State passed and enacted the Reproductive Health Act. Another woman served and child born, a life saved because places like Joseph’s House exist. The RHA expands the abortion laws in NYS and creates a stark and sobering reminder of the gravity and importance of the work we do at Joseph’s House. The work that includes the love that we give to each person who crosses our path or enters our home. The love modeled after the love that Christ has for all of us.. The dignity of each and every person that comes to call upon us for help. The value and uniqueness of each and every human life and the understanding that God knew them before they were formed in their mothers womb and that God has a plan for their lives.

I share with you the words of Bishop Cunningham on the enactment of this legislation and ask you to join us as we pray for the conversion of the hearts so that all of God’s children will receive the dignity and protection they deserve. Keep the faith and preach the Gospel of Life. If it helps save one of God’s most precious creations, then it is worth all cost. One more soul saved. One more live given a fighting chance. Joseph’s House will be there to provide the love and support necessary to see them thrive.:

New York State has failed women and their unborn babies by passing and signing the Reproductive Health Act. As Catholics, we must continue to preach the Gospel of life. We must also continue to work towards policies that protect and uphold the dignity of all human life, from the moment of conception to natural death. Here in the Diocese of Syracuse, we will continue to offer resources, services, and support for any woman experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. Today, I not only call upon the faithful to pray, but to assist me in spreading the word about the resources available to any woman considering an abortion. I am grateful to pro-life New Yorkers who made their voices heard in an effort to stop the expansion of our state’s already far too expansive abortion laws. Please join me in prayer for a conversion of hearts for those celebrating this horrific moment in history.
— Bishop Cunningham

God bless you,

Bronson

Why We March For Life

2019 March For Life Washington D.C.

2019 March For Life Washington D.C.

Remember, vote for life, it may be your own.
— Mother Angelica

Happy January Blizzard Weekend My Friends,

As the largest crowd ever, estimated at 3,00,000 to 400,000 mostly young people converged this past Friday on Washington D.C. for the Walk for Life, let us praise God for their conviction and courage and contemplate some of the reasons they feel they must walk. Let us contemplate the repercussions of the landmark Roe vs Wade decision of 1973 and think about the decline in the morality of our culture, the coarseness of our society and the breakdown of the family over the past 46 years. Most importantly let us realize the most devastating repercussion of the Supreme Court decision has been the 60 million innocent children lost because society rebelled against the law of God. Rebelled against His commandment “Thou shall not kill.”

The theme for this years’ walk was Unique from Day One: Pro-Life is Pro-Science and this past week I had the opportunity to share this truth with two groups of high school students from Holy Family Life-Teen and Holy Cross Academy in Oneida, as they prepared for the journey to Washington. I shared with them a strictly scientific presentation that never mentioned God or any morality. It is simply scientific facts and statistics that prove God’s statement to Jeremiah,

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb, before you were born, I set you apart.”   Jeremiah 1:5

If one considers the chances of their parents meeting, the chances of their grandparents meeting, the chances of all of their ancestors surviving, meeting and creating the exact human life chain necessary for each one of us as the individuals we are in this present moment to exist, one cannot deny the scientific facts presented to us. These unarguable facts prove God chose us to be here now. He chose us with a specific purpose. He chose us to carry out a plan only He can share with us. He created us as unique, as special, as one-of-a-kind and infused us with His Divine Love so we might carry out His Will for our lives and the lives of those we touch.

The odds of you existing right here, right now, in the place where you are, are:
1 in 10 to the 2,685,000 power
so basically, the odds that you would exist are zero.
— What Are The Odds You Would Exist, Trevor McCans

A perfect example of this was shared by EWTN Foundress Mother Angelica in the story of how her parents met. She told the story of her mom as a young girl washing dishes in front of the kitchen window and singing. She had a beautiful voice and as she sang, a young man passed by and heard her. He was so taken with her voice he hung around until he had the chance to meet her. They were married and Mother Angelica was their only child. The marriage didn’t last and Mother Angelica lived a rather miserable childhood and yet she grew up to be an icon of our faith and our church and many believe will one day be a saint. An only child born because a man happened to hear a woman singing as she washed the dishes. An only child, who grew up poor and uneducated, maligned by many as a daughter of divorce, who would find God’s plan for her life and go on to change the world.

I can tell you truthfully, without Mother Angelica and the EWTN network there would never be a Joseph’s House and I’m sure there are a thousand other ministries that would not exist either. Mother gave me the understanding of the meaning of true faith. She made me understand through her teaching and her witness one finds true joy only when one sacrifices themselves entirely for Jesus Christ. She was the role model who made me believe all things are possible with God if only we forget our own will and surrender to the will He has set apart for us.

Every life touches the life of another. Whether it be a family member, a friend, someone we work with or someone we have never met but know through social media, we are all interconnected. We are all in need of the graces provided by the gifts of those around us. In the wee hours of the night I often wonder how many people are suffering today because 60 million of those unique graces and gifts have been lost to abortion. I wonder how many young people cannot find their husband or wife because the perfect person created for them was lost to abortion. I wonder how many generations will suffer in the future because of the loss of the ancestors of others. The wondering is never-ending and I think, how many, how many, how many?

Abortion is profoundly anti-women. Three-quarters of its victims are women: Half the babies and all the mothers.
— St. Teresa of Calcutta

Many deny the truth of the loss we all suffer from what they believe is a victimless choice, but abortion is a choice with unending repercussions for our culture, our country and our world. Any young women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy needs to know her future is brighter when she chooses life. I have met many women who regret their abortions, but have never met anyone who regretted having their child.  Could that be true because life is positive and killing is negative? Could it be because life is of God and death by taking an innocent life is born of evil? I believe we all know the answers to those questions and anyone who like me has chosen abortion in the past, needs to know the negativity of poor choices can be turned into goodness, blessings and joy for themselves and many others because of the never-ending forgiveness and mercy of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, frequent reception of the Holy Eucharist as well as programs for men & women with post abortive pasts such as The Project Rachel ministry have been proof of this for me and for many others.

I implore you to step out in faith, to be brave and courageous in your convictions, to be outspoken for the gift of new life and to be the guardians, protectors and heroes for the innocent children being carried by those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. For more purely secular, scientific proof of life beginning at the moment of conception, please visit The Contend Project where you will find resources for all ages and as you read the unquestionable research and the purely common-sense truth, ponder the question;

Without life, what is there?

God Bless you my friends.

Love & Prayers,

Kitty

The Joy of Joseph's House

Happy New year!

Wishing you a Blessed Feast of the Epiphany and Joyous New Year from all of us at Joseph’s House! 

The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was as though they had always been waiting for that star
— Pope Benedict XVi

At Joseph’s House the road leading moms and their children to us is a journey begun from a deep desire prompting them to leave the problems of their past and begin a life-changing journey for their future. It’s as though they have always been waiting for a new opportunity leading them to a life filled with the Presence of God. It is as though they are awaiting their own personal epiphany and are led to it through the light of our mission.

Our hope has always been at some point the epiphany they encountered would include gratefulness for Joseph’s House. What we never anticipated however, was how beautifully they would express their thanks and how their words would affect our faith in what we do and our perseverance in doing it. We also never anticipated there would be staff members as well as benefactors who would let us know how deeply they appreciate our work. Today as we begin a New Year and continue to discern the direction given to us for Joseph’s House, I wanted to share with you some of the words making the endless hours, sleepless nights and hard work worthwhile. I’d also like to express my sincere thanks again to our incredible staff who are many times the recipients of these gifts of thanks.

“Thank you to all who donated to make Christmas special for our kids. I thank GOD for this blessed opportunity to be a part of something so special and rare. You make all of us moms feel loved and there’s nothing we can’t handle as long as we have our JH family on our side. It’s not everyday you meet people who care about others and not just themselves. You make this world a beautiful place and give us hope that one day we can give back to JH for all that’s been done for us. You are truly selfless and wonderful people inside and out. Thank you for being there, thank you for caring.” JH Exodus Mom

“I just realized how much I love you guys. I read the little note in my gift and it made me feel really good. I’m just so grateful, and so appreciative of you guys. You know without you I would have nothing. Joseph’s House changed my whole life. I just couldn’t ask for better support. I know you guys love me and you care and that I hurt all the ones I love, so I’m going to try my best to do good, but I wanted to say thank you, and let you know how much you guys are worth to me, you’re my family and I love you” JH Exodus Mom

“I know I get worked up sometimes but I am really grateful for all Joseph’s House has done for me and my boys.” JH Resident Mom

We also receive notes of appreciation from our staff letting us know they consider their work at Joseph’s House to be a blessing.

Thank you so much for listening to God and starting Joseph’s House. I can tell you really take your relationship with God seriously, and it seems like there aren’t many who honestly take the time anymore …Thanks so much for all you do, may God Bless you and give you strength and perseverance.” JH Staff Member

“Thank you for the opportunity to work at JH, it has been a blessing and I am in awe of what is done here.” JH Staff Member

“Thank you again from the bottom of my heart for being able to be a part of this wonderful mission ... being a part of all the help given to these moms and their children is amazing.” JH Staff Member

And when writing thank you notes to benefactors, we often receive notes of thanks back to us.

“Your presentation at our church was very inspiring and compelling. You are doing great work at Joseph’s House and we wanted to take part in a small way … Thanks for the work you do.”

“I heard about Joseph’s House through my parish….and have the utmost admiration for their positive impact on the community. Syracuse is so lucky to have this amazing organization. Thank you for what you do!”

So, there you have it my friends! Just a few of the many reasons we are so blessed to do this work. God sends us graces and appreciation from so many unexpected sources and they always seem to arrive just when they are needed. The numerous miracles we are privileged to witness as these young women transform their lives every day, take us to our knees just like the Magi. We kneel down in awe and thanksgiving to Our Blessed Mother for Her Fiat, to St. Joseph for his courage and to Almighty God for sending us His Son, the Christ Child. The Child reminding us all, each and every child is a gift from God with a mission to complete for His Kingdom. Our prayer is we are always here to help all of those children sent our way witness the epiphany they are meant to encounter so they might find their mission and Our Lord’s Holy Will for their lives. We invite you to come join us on this journey of new beginnings and share in the Joy of Joseph’s House. God Bless you my friends!

Love & Prayers,

Kitty