Winter arrived early in Central New York, at least it seems early to many of us. It didn’t stop all our friends in the Manlius area from going out on Thursday evening to support Joseph’s House at St. Anne’s Annual Spaghetti Supper. Many learned of us for the first time as our Development Associate Torrey Lansing spoke on our behalf. Thank you to St. Anne’s Respect Life Committee, Kathi Espisito, Rev. Brian Lang and all who attended for your gifts in assisting our moms and little ones.
While this weather is painstaking in many ways, there is an incomparable beauty to seeing frosted tree limbs through foggy windshields as the early morning silence is broken by the crunch of tires on a cold carpet of bright white snow. Savoring the view on the back-roads near my home, the tension of white knuckling the steering wheel is alleviated. An overwhelming awe and calm take possession of my thoughts and the wonder of God’s creation overcomes any dread produced by the abundance of snow and the changing of seasons. The only words escaping my lips as I gaze in wonder at this scene are “Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord!”
Upon arrival in the city the view is not as pristine as there are accidents and people stuck in snowdrifts. Everywhere however, you see the best in people as they step out to assist others and we witness the Mercy of Jesus in action.
Joseph’s House was buried Friday morning in a thick, heavy blanket of snow. As we all wielded shovels, I prayed for assistance through the archangels. I have done this before when shoveling and the load always seemed lighter as the shovel lifted and threw the snow to the side. Yesterday I was simply wondering as I silently spoke and prayed why in all the years we have been shoveling at Joseph’s House, no one ever approached to help. I mentally spoke to St. Michael saying, “We could really use some assistance here since the plow hasn’t yet arrived, we are all parked on the street and quite frankly my arms are getting tired!”
Five minutes later I heard a young man yell, “Do you need some help?” I ran to him, dumbstruck, ‘Yes, thank you! Really?” “Sure, I can help!” he replied with a huge smile. I asked him what his name was and he said to me, “My name is Michael.” I wish I could have seen the look on my face. He then told me how he loves the beauty of our home, the statue of Our Blessed Lady and would someday like to sit on the benches and visit with Her. He was assured he is welcome anytime!
Michael cleared our sidewalk and part of the lower section of our driveway enthusiastically, quickly and with a loving heart. We all saw first-hand in this miracle how Our Lord, the angels, and all the saints hear our prayers and how they work through the goodness of the open hearts of others, many times others unknown to us. Others unknown to us until we pray through the Saints in Heaven for their help.
The day continued and because none of our volunteers were able to travel to help in our daycare, it was all hands-on-deck from staff and moms unable to get to work. There was a dance party and pizza party where many smiles, giggles and embraces were shared. The snow day turned into the most delightful, prayer-filled, thanks-filled day as the little ones went down for naps and staff and moms recuperated from the exhaustion and exhilaration of caring for five toddlers and three little ones.
Kudos to Tiffany Bennett our Daycare Coordinator extraordinaire, for always smiling even after being stuck in a drift near our home and for turning a difficult day into one we will all treasure forever. Thank you to two special moms for your assistance in daycare. Thank you to Genie, another of our moms, who dug out our overnight staff member’s car before getting herself to work. Thank you to Teresa and John Brusa who prayed all our Joseph’s House prayers in their home, as mass in our home was cancelled due to weather. Thank you to our Board of Directors and advisers who’s sharing of time, treasure, talent and dedication to our mission make our existence possible. Thank you too to all our staff for braving the elements to care for our family, always giving their all for the protection of God’s most precious children. Thank you Saint Michael, for hearing and answering our prayers and sending us an angel named for you. Each and every one of you, and all who volunteer and support us, are a blessing to us and closer to God in Heaven than you will ever know!
Let all of us be sure to take full advantage of that closeness to Heaven and to call on our friends the Saints for assistance, each and every moment of each and every day always concluding with “Thank you, thank you, thank you Lord!” God Bless you my friends!
Love & Prayers,