The Holy Spirit is the gift-bearer of God. He comes to us in prayer in ways totally unexpected and always magnificent. He showers us with gifts and talents, knowledge, wisdom and understanding, we never knew we had and inspires us to take on impossible tasks. We know He is at work as He does not ask the best or the brightest to labor on His behalf. He doesn’t even ask the most educated or most famous. He calls on all of us, the every day, run of the mill lay people of the church to cultivate the inspirations commissioned by Our Father in Heaven.

This fact should give us all hope my friends. Hope to insure us if we are lost at this moment, God knows it and He is just waiting for us to respond to His beckoning call. We are never too young or too old, never too smart or too dumb, never too ill or too healthy because Our Lord knows His plan for our life. He is patiently pacing around calling our name morning, noon and night so one day we might bear the fruit He has planned for our life.

As Saint Paul said in today’s second reading:

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
— 1 Corinthians 12:3, 4-7

Is this quote not the perfect description of Joseph’s House? Many have come together in different services, with different talents, with different connections, with different knowledge, all for the common good of those who have been discarded by those they love the most.

Our Lord’s net has been cast far and wide for the growth and success of Joseph’s House. So many people reaching out to help and support in so many ways. We have people sharing their stories during our life skills classes.

People tutoring, people drawing up plans for our playground area. People providing lawn service and snowplowing. People volunteering in our daycare and at our events. People spending hours each month preparing prayer and praying for us as our prayer warriors. There are churches and businesses promoting the message and success of our mission. All of these examples are people moved by the Holy Spirit, moved by the love of Christ and moved by the gentle promptings of Our Blessed Mother and St. Joseph.

What we witness each day in caring for these young women and children is they also have gifts, they also have talents & they have love to share with others. As they come to understand what love is, they learn everyone should be respected and everyone has dignity. They learn instilled within them at their conception is an inherent dignity, a dignity which is a gift bestowed upon them by Almighty God. They come to understand this gift is a gift they are worthy of because they are created in the image and likeness of God.

We had a mom who came to us last November from downstate. She arrived pregnant with two children dropped here by someone she barely knew. She was totally traumatized. Her children were even more traumatized. Not one of them spoke to us and there was no interaction between her and her children, they simply hung on her as she moved around in a somewhat robotic like state.  We weren’t even sure we could help this young family. We didn’t know where to begin with them and so we prayed for them. We prayed, prayed & prayed some more, Rosaries & Divine Mercy Chaplets. We prayed in Adoration and at mass. We prayed for something to change so we could reach this woman and show her and her children the love of God.

The transformation has been like watching a rose bloom in slow motion. The petals unfurling slowly and deliberately creating a masterpiece of beauty. The children who once did not speak, are now chatterboxes and we have come to learn they are smart beyond their years. The expectant child we thought might be placed for adoption has found a loving, nurturing, joyful mother and two older siblings to love and protect her. The family we didn’t know how to help, was simply helped by love. This is all the work of the Holy Spirit, called into the action by the power of prayer, manifesting His gifts through the love of God showered on this most desperate trio by a home immersed in the love and guidance of the Holy Spirit. We want to do this work forever my friends and we ask you to search for the gifts the Holy Spirit has given you, so you might share them with these most innocent lambs, the Children of Christ through His mission of Joseph’s House.

God Bless you always!

Love & Prayers,