“What should we do?” It’s a question asked daily at Joseph’s House as we do our best to assist the homeless, pregnant moms and their children sent our way. Sometimes the answer is more complicated than giving them an extra coat or food. Sometimes it means going out on a limb for them, stretching our boundaries and our resources to deal with complex problems we are unfamiliar with or we have never dealt with before.
The one thing we are always able to do is give our moms the opportunity to preserve the life of their unborn child. That is our calling and is the very least we can do as Catholics and as people who believe life is a gift given by God. What John is saying in Luke’s gospel story today is simply common sense and what we do at Joseph’s House is the same. It is simply common sense to give shelter to God’s most vulnerable children. It is simply common sense to fill them with food, drink and the spirit of Our Lord. It is simply common sense to provide structure in their lives, to help them with their education, to offer daycare for their children, so they have the opportunity to be good parents, good citizens and the Children of God He wants them to be.
By the grace of God, we have done this successfully over the past 4-and three-quarter years. We have had more than 75 moms call us home and have given 49 newborn children the opportunity to come home to their very first home at Joseph’s House. 49 little souls who may have been lost to abortion if not for our home. 49 newborn lives, unplanned by their parents, but planned by God from eternity. 49 babies who would have been taken from the arms of their moms as they left the hospital if those moms were homeless and had nowhere to go.
As we prepare for the arrival of Our Blessed Mother’s unexpected child, our Savior Jesus Christ, let us remember all the other young women awaiting the arrival of an unexpected child. Let us remember that Mary’s unexpected child changed the world and there are more unexpected children who have the ability to do the same in other ways. They may be great doctors, lawyers or statesman. They may be future moms and dads whose child will be a priest or a pope. We have no idea the plans Our Lord has for our lives or theirs so it is incumbent upon us to be sure we nurture all new life and give all moms the opportunity to give birth to their children.
So, what can you do to help us continue our life-saving work this Christmas? You can assure God you understand what the Gift of Life truly is. How? By making a monetary donation to Joseph’s House. There is no amount too small as every cent goes directly to providing all the resources needed to run our program. Unlike other local charities we take no dollars from the government, the diocese or the Hope Appeal. We rely totally on private funding.
As you look at your home decorated for Christmas and the gifts piling up to be wrapped and placed by the tree, remember the common sense advise given by John when people asked “What should we do?” Think about what you can do, pray about what God is calling you to do, and please remember the newborn babies, remember the moms, remember the good works of Joseph’s House, and remember Our Lord needs our help to implement His plans for all. God Bless you my friends!
Love & Prayers,