Happy Sunday My Friends & Feast of Christ the King,
I hope you all had a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving weekend with your families and are prepared for the Christmas Season. We are prepping at Joseph’s House with the decorating beginning soon and our Christmas Blessings program taking shape. If you have not had a chance to look at this, please do so! We are doing a “Secret Santa” style Adopt-A-Family for Christmas and I’m happy to say that almost all our current moms and Exodus moms have been “adopted” for this Christmas! We have a few families available and there are two other ways you can help with our pantry and other supplies so please do take a look.
If you're doing any online shopping on Amazon this week, be sure to use the Amazon Smile foundation and choose Joseph's House as the beneficiary! You can shop using this link.
Thanksgiving Dinner at the house had a full table this year. It’s quite unusual for us to have a full table at the holidays but this year most of our moms truly had nowhere to go. They enjoyed a wonderful meal of turkey and all the trimmings thanks to Sue and Michelle and all the staff who organized the day. I’m not sure if you had a chance to read all the wonderful comments received from our moms listed in last week’s update, but you should know we have 8 moms and 13 little ones who are very grateful to all who provide them with food, shelter, protection, support and love.
Our “gala,” At Home with Joseph’s House has come to an end and was quite successful, surpassing our fundraising goal! Thank you to all who assisted with this and supported this new and exciting fundraising initiative!
Our offices are beginning to look more like offices and are becoming more efficient thanks to two of our dedicated Board Members, Todd Caputo and Vinnie Salvagni. The new home of the Used Car King in Cicero opened this past week and Joseph’s House was the beneficiary of many desks and other office equipment of which we were in need. Thanks to Bronson and a couple of guys sent by Chuck Cometti who provided the much needed man & muscle-power to take out the old and bring in the new.
I have been spending much time recently in extra prayer. Non-stop Novenas for our country and our Pope Francis, along with taking part in St. Louis De Montfort’s 33 Day Consecration to Mary. What a treasure trove of blessings and graces have occurred for this extra 20 minutes a day given to Our Lord and Our Lady. Those few extra minutes have broadened, deepened, extended, and brought a new level of understanding to my relationship with God. Answered prayers, gifts of the Holy Spirit made apparent through saying and writing the correct thing at the correct time and so many other unexpected extra gifts given thru suffering with illness once again. Please remember there is nothing that is wasted with God. From the good to the bad, to our most holy works to our sins, to the energy-filled days to the days of total exhaustion, Our Lord has answers, gifts and insights for all. We only need to offer everything to Him always. In sickness and in health He will abound in His goodness & greatness and give one all they need and more if only they say no to self always & concur with His Holy Will no matter how difficult His Holy Will may be.
My sincere apologies should it seem as though I repeat myself in these writings, however I am so in awe of all the wonders of God and the magnificence of His wisdom, knowledge and understanding of all we endure. For this reason, I feel the need to let everyone know as often as allowed in as many ways possible His message, with the hope one more person might come to understand the superfluity of His mercy, His Love, His Faith and confidence in all of us, no matter how bitterly we have disappointed Him.
Below are some words that touched me deeply this past week that come from the 54 Day Rosary Novena for Our Nation and a few rather well known saints. I believe Father John Hardon may also be a saint one day. Also a favorite prayer to Our Lady I have been saying daily in St. Louis’s Consecration to Her Most Immaculate Heart. I pray for graces to all of you who read, meditate and contemplate the words. God Bless you my friends!
Love & Prayers,
DAY 13 – MOTHER OF OUR CREATOR, PRAY THAT WE RECEIVE THE GIFT OF KNOWLEDGE!
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 18:15)
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” (Proverbs 1:7)
“We judge all things according to the divine truth.” -St. Augustine
“A scrap of knowledge about sublime things is worth more than any amount about trivialities.” -St. Thomas Aquinas
“There are some who desire knowledge merely for its own sake; and that is shameful curiosity. And there are others who desire to know, in order that they may themselves be known; and that is vanity, disgraceful too. Others again, desire knowledge in order to acquire money or preferment by it; that too is a discreditable quest. But there are also some who desire knowledge, that they may build up the souls of others with it and that is charity. Others, again, desire it that they may themselves be built up thereby; and that is prudence. Of all these types, only the last two put knowledge to the right use.” -St. Bernard
The Gift of Knowledge: One of the seven infused gifts. By the illuminating action of the Holy Spirit it perfects the virtue of faith. It gives a person the ability to judge everything from a supernatural viewpoint. The object of this gift is the whole spectrum of created things insofar as they lead one to God. Through infused knowledge the faithful can see the providential purpose of whatever enters their lives, and they are able to put creatures to the right use according to God’s will for themselves and for others. Sometimes called “the science of the saints,” it enables those who have the gift to discern easily and effectively between the impulses of temptation and the inspirations of grace. (Fr. John Hardon, Modern Catholic Dictionary).
Ave Maris Stella
Hail, O Star of the ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin,
gate of heav'nly rest.
Taking that sweet Ave,
which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us,
changing Eve's name.
Break the sinners' fetters,
make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
for all blessings pray.
Show thyself a Mother,
may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant
hear our prayers through thine.
Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.
Keep our life all spotless,
make our way secure
till we find in Jesus,
joy for evermore.
Praise to God the Father,
honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit, be the glory one. Amen.