Happy New Year My Friends and Feast of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God,
It’s been another most remarkable year for Joseph’s House. It is simply beyond comprehension to fully grasp the wondrous deeds our Lord has performed on our behalf through the work of all of you, our staff, volunteers, benefactors and prayer warriors. There are times I pull into the entrance of our magnificent residence and wonder if it’s all real or if it’s all a dream. My eyes are always directed to Our Lady as I approach our home and as I gaze upon Her, I come to understand how much She loves me as Her child. I remember the endless nights of consolation She provided as I asked for Her guidance and protection through all the torments of my child’s devastating injuries and his excruciating recoveries. I remember feeling the warmth of Her mantle and the perfume of roses letting me know I should not be afraid to approach her Son. I remember Her direction and gentle nudging bringing me to the feet of Jesus where I found the most profound peace, forgiveness and rest I have ever known. If anyone understood how far away I was from anything remotely connected to God and goodness for the first 50 years of my life, they would understand the feelings of unworthiness I have in connection with this mission. There is a grace to these feelings as they always fill me with the awe and wonder of Our Lord and also I pray, keep me eternally humble.
Below is an update written on January 1st, 2015 (with edits). We had an incredibly busy first Christmas season at Joseph’s House, including a new baby on our first Christmas, and we were all spent. My home life was complicated by my older son and grandson moving into our home. This was in addition to my child I was still taking special protocols with as he continued recovering, along with the day to day needs of my husband, our home and my mother. It was an incredibly hectic, exhausting time in my life, but somehow I was given the grace to get through those 16-18 hour days with plenty of time for Jesus, Mary and Joseph. You see I found the more time I gave to them, the more time they gave back to me. My time and what I was able to do with it, simply multiplied as long as they were first in my life. I know many of you are aware of this, and if you are not, please consider going to Morning Mass once or twice a week to witness this miracle in your life first hand. When you make a New Year’s Resolution and include God in it, it is much easier to keep and when it includes spending time with Him in prayer the graces are endless!
NEW YEAR’S UPDATE JANUARY 1, 2015 (with edits)
I went to mass on Sunday morning and just the way God works, as I pulled out of the driveway, running late, I heard a discussion on EWTN Radio from a woman about John 5:15 (SEE BELOW)
This is my favorite verse from the bible about Jesus being the vine and us being the branches. It plays a prominent role in our JH history and is featured on our thank you notes. What this woman said hit hard explaining how we can do anything as long as we are with God, to ASK for anything and everything as long as we are with God.! I began asking right at that moment, for things I haven't asked for, or normally request with doubt in my heart. The results were immediate & amazing for my family and for Joseph's House.
My plan Sunday morning had been to get to mass 30 minutes early to say the Rosary, but I was slowed down by events at home and didn't get upset, just rolled with it and received the gift of this beautiful person talking about my favorite bible verse. If I had been early as I had hoped, I would have never heard it. Our Lord knew on this Sunday morning, at this time, I needed to hear this woman on the radio speak these words about this verse. He knew those words would carry me through trials ahead of me. He made sure I heard them by making me late Sunday morning. Please remember, when you are slowed down, there is a very good reason for it! Most likely the reason is to receive a gift!
The first time I remember hearing this verse was right after Reconciliation at Sacred Heart Basilica in 2008, a few months after my father had passed. The words spoken by Msgr. Gleba took me to my knees, and I pleaded "Lord that's what I want to be, a very sturdy limb grafted to the vine that is the Word of God." Soon after that I had the dream that brought me to prayer at Planned Parenthood. A year after that, the vision of Joseph’s House was gifted in Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Four years later, we opened our doors. Here we are 10 years later and all requested in 2008 and more than we could ever hope for or imagine, has been gifted. Every prayer, spoken and unspoken has been answered.
I thank you once again for your perseverance, patience and trust in all that is Joseph’s House. We have nothing to fear as we move forward with this mission. We simply need to TRUST, always TRUST. We must ask for everything we need in pure, unadulterated faith for this mission and in our lives. We must ask like the little children who sit on Santa's lap and ask in total belief, total trust, they will receive whatever they request for Christmas. We are, after all, simply Children of God, and His Most Adoring Mother Mary. Let us be asking, trusting and child-like, and see what wonders unfold! Happy New Year!
Love and Blessings to You All,