A Christmas Thank You to All

Erin Byrnes, with some of our little ones, is a never-ending gift to Joseph’s House!

Erin Byrnes, with some of our little ones, is a never-ending gift to Joseph’s House!

It’s been an incredibly busy and celebratory few weeks at Joseph’s House. The generosity of all has overwhelmed us as well as the moms and kids in our home and in our Exodus program with an abundance of blessings. There are no words to thank you for the many ways in which you have served us. From prayer to daycare and tutoring, cookie making to specially prepared elegant dinners, Christmas gatherings in the homes of donors, and every type of donation from diapers to hams, many needs have been met. We are witnesses daily to miracles as all these gifts, all this generosity comes as answers to prayer so we may assist these most vulnerable Children of God in all the ways Our Lord calls us to. To sum it up, we are forever grateful and you all are simply Magnificent!

In today’s Gospel Story we hear the story of the Visitation of Our Blessed Mother to Her cousin Elizabeth. Mary went to serve Her cousin at the most life-changing moment in Her young life as She had just conceived through the Holy Spirit the Child Jesus in Her womb. It was inconvenient for Her to go on this long journey into hill country but She went to serve someone She knew to be in need.  

At Joseph’s House we are called to serve those in need at the most life-changing moments in their lives and the lives of their children. Many times their most life-changing times are inconvenient times for all of us. Sometimes phone calls from moms without a home come to us at the very end of a long day just as staff are preparing to leave for their own homes. Other times a personal crisis or a mom in labor in the middle of the night, on a holiday or weekend have been the stimulus for staff to lose sleep, work extra hours and miss time with their own families. Many times through their sacrifice, our staff with their compassionate souls become the only real family these young, homeless moms have ever known. They become soft shoulders of solace to moms, who in the midst of crisis, are beginning a new family, a family they hope to keep intact and never abandon as they know abandonment all to well. Every minute of every day at Joseph’s House must be supervised by staff, including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, and Easter. We are forever grateful to our most gifted, patient, resilient, self-sacrificing staff who give up their family time, their personal time and their comfort and sleep for our moms and little ones. They are most certainly serving others just as Our Blessed Mother Mary served Her cousin Elizabeth. Once again, to sum it up, all our staff at Joseph’s House are simply Magnificent!

The Mighty One has done great things for me and Holy is His Name
— Luke 1:49,50

The Gospel story yesterday was Mary’s Song, better known as The Magnificat. On EWTN’s televised mass yesterday, Father Joseph Mary asked in his homily for all to consider writing their own Magnificat verse of praise and thanks to Our Lord. He challenged all to ponder their favorite bible verses and to then compose their own prayer. Below is my humble attempt written to Our Lord in thanks and praise. When I think of all the wonderful people I would have never known if not for the heavenly work of Joseph’s House, I understand more clearly how God has sent all of you as answered prayers and as instruments to help sustain His mission of life and love. My prayer today is you will consider this not so magnificent Magnificat a thank you and a promise to all of you I have had the great pleasure of meeting and working with through service to Joseph’s House. To sum it up one more time, you are all most assuredly, simply Magnificent!

God Bless you my friends!

Love & Prayers,


My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;/ my spirit rejoices in God my savior,
— Luke 1: 46,47

My heart is full My Lord and My God as I reflect on the mercy so generously bestowed upon me, a great sinner. You have graciously shared with me the plan You destined for my life and I am constantly delighted with the possibilities, people and open doors You have sent to bless me. You are my Savior, My Lord, and Your generosity in answering my thoughts and prayers elates me, dropping me to my knees and saturating my soul with thanks, joy and unending praise. You have somehow considered me worthy of carrying Your love and Your word to others and so the mission You have entrusted to me will be my life’s work forever. Please help me to always be a pure vessel of Your Word, to trust in Your Holy Will and to obey even in the most difficult circumstances as I strive to carry within my heart the glory of Your Word and within my eyes, the light of Your Love. Help me to always be an ever-flowering limb on the Vine that is Jesus Christ as well as Your Hands, Feet, Eyes, Ears and Tongue on earth so Your Holy Word may flourish. Help me, My Lord and My God to always work in You and with You and through You and for You so all whom I know may find the glory of Heaven. I aspire always to be Your most humble servant & to forever proclaim the magnificence & the never-ending Glory of the Kingdom of God.”