Happy Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday Everyone! What a blessing to have Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday celebrated together. The two celebrations are a heavenly match for sure, as a dad couldn’t ask for better role models than the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, along with Saint Joseph to lead him through the ups and downs of work and family. We are grateful to all of you dads who do your best to love, support and provide for your families as well as be role models for all our sons and daughters. Thank you for being there for your families, and for our communities.
It’s been an incredibly busy week for Joseph’s House once again. It kicked off on Monday in Skaneateles at our sold out 5th Annual Birdies for Babies Golf Tournament. We prayed for days for the rain to not appear but God had other plans. As the skies threatened I recalled a Mother Angelica story where she prayed for sunshine for the out-door opening of her short-wave radio facility. The clouds were low that day and the rains fell and Mother was disappointed Our Lord didn’t answer her prayers. She said to Him, “Why did we have to have rain today?” and He answered, “Angelica, I wanted to be here too.”
Although our prayers went unanswered for the weather and the heavens opened and the rain fell hard, our spirits were not dampened, because we knew God wanted to be with us in Skaneateles, just as He wanted to be with Mother Angelica in Alabama, to celebrate our fifth year of serving His most precious children.
We were truly overwhelmed by the patience, perseverance and good humor displayed by all the golfers who became more than a little bit wet and only completed three to six holes before calling it a day. Eight foursomes completed all 18 holes of golf while everyone else hung out in the bar sharing stories and laughs with one another. With one hundred forty four golfers and nearly two hundred for dinner including our moms, kids and many staff members, Skaneateles Country Club was filled. Guests won many high-end raffle prizes, enjoyed delicious food and great company while learning more about the latest accomplishments of our moms and the miracle stories of our mission. It was a wet and chilly day but it was a day filled with the warmth of laughter, good will and compassionate hearts and an open bar for many hours! God is good my friends, and the day was better because we saw Him in the rain and felt His presence, as He blessed us with another very successful event raising substantial funds for our mission of Joseph’s House. Many thanks to all who attended and sponsored this fantastic event and thanks be to God.
The rest of this week we have been doing the daily work of serving our moms and kids. Our staff continues to amaze us with depths of their talents and commitment to our ministry. Many interviews of potential moms have taken place and the phone seems to be ringing off the hook from those in need of food, shelter, love and support. Yesterday morning I heard from a mom who was with us our first year and is now living in Connecticut. She sent photos of her son’s pre-k graduation. When I thanked her for remembering us she texted back to me, “How could I forget you. You guys gave me and my child shelter when we had nothing. You will always mean the world to me. My only regret is falling for fake love and leaving before I was ready, but God held on tight to our hands and now, all is amazing”
Those words certainly brightened my day as just before this mom texted I was having one of those moments where I wondered if our work was making a difference to anyone at all. Her message right at that time was certainly a little gift of consolation from Our Lord and confirmation that even on the tough days we are making a difference. We are planting seeds of faith in the hearts and souls of women who once had none simply by loving them as He loves us. Simply by being His hands and feet for others. Simply by speaking the truth in charity and helping all who enter our home come to believe everything is better with God, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. May the blessings of the Holy Trinity be yours today and everyday.
God Bless you my friends.
Love & Prayers,