Here we are at the end of the Liturgical Year, the 33rd week in our church calendar with Thanksgiving and the Feast of Christ the King nearly here. It has been a busy year, a blessed year at Joseph’s House in so very many ways. From all your gifts and talents that you share so generously with our moms and babies, to those moms and babies themselves. We are overwhelmed by the generosity of all those touched by this mission and the ways they come forward to assist precisely when we are most in need. It is quite astonishing to understand our successes are many and setbacks few, as we do the work God has willed for us. Thank you Jesus for all you give to pave the way for this mission led by your Blessed Foster-Father Joseph and Most Blessed Mother Mary.
This week with all the busyness at the house (which is quite busy with 8 moms, 13 little ones, and 2 more on the way), our staff could easily find themselves at the end their ropes. Somehow this rarely occurs because of the combustible joy exuded in the smile of one child. The joy contained in seeing a little one’s first steps. The joy that occurs often with birthday celebrations, new jobs and obtaining GED’s. Finally, there is the joy that comes from the sincere thanks given from moms in so many ways. This text message came after midnight one night last week:
This beautiful little gem came from a mom who was once severely abused and has learned to stand on her own. She is working hard and succeeding in raising her kids, has a good job and is in touch with us often.
This week another Exodus mom asked us to be a reference for a receptionist position she was applying for in a doctor’s office. This is a young woman who has overcome much abuse and neglect, who lost her child in childbirth, who has worked two jobs for the past three years and who was smart enough to get out of an abusive relationship. This is a young women who now knows she deserves better. She was offered the position and could not be more excited and is so very grateful to Our Lord and us for helping her “grow up” and secure this new position in a professional setting.
Lastly there was this text Sunday night:
This young mom was once defiant as to our rules and our ways of running our home. She came around after a tough talk on making decisions each day. When she woke up each morning, would she choose to be a victim for the rest of her life or would she do the tough thing and take responsibility for her past mistakes? Would she be strong and decide to live each day with the love of God and the support of Joseph’s House? Would she work hard to change her life and the lives of her children? Or would she drown herself in bad attitudes and behaviors? She is doing the tough thing, the strong thing, the right thing and is doing remarkably well. In addition, she is getting rave reviews from a loving staff and from a tough boss. She is now mentoring other moms in the house to show them that although the love at Joseph’s House may be “tough love” it is the love that heals broken and battered lives. All because it is love based in truth. Love based in and infused with the Word of God.
As you can see we have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, our fourth Thanksgiving at Joseph’s House. I sincerely thank all of you for getting us here. The success of this ministry comes from the blood, sweat and tears of many working on behalf of Jesus. Each days' successes are gifts given through the mercy and goodness of Our Lord in Heaven. I wish there were more words for thanks, more words for love, for they never seem to suffice. They never seem to express the depths and levels of the gratitude in my heart. I am simply overwhelmed daily by all given by so many that allows us to continue, thrive and grow. This Thanksgiving please know I pray you will all be rewarded beyond measure for your generous hearts that are the foundation of this ministry. It is no secret each and every one of you are earning many graces in Heaven as you continue to be led by God in this mission of life and love. In closing I would ask you to remember always the word Eucharist translates into the word Thanksgiving. Somehow that’s not much of a surprise as we all know all good things come from God!
God Bless you my friends,
Love & Prayers,
A PRAYER FOR THANKSGIVING
Lord we come to you with full hearts
For the gifts you daily share,
Our families, homes and country
Are gifts beyond compare.
As you bless us so abundantly
In all we do each day,
We ask you to bless all others
Who may have lost their way.
Shower all with your holy mercy
Bathe all in your holy love
Bring our troubled world together
So we might live in peace as one.