Here we are once again, entering the month of May, the month of Mary that begins with a Feast to St. Joseph and ends with the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, for the fifth time in our home’s history. The beginning of this fifth year of service has once again been overtaken by the awesomeness of Our Lord and His gift of life. Four new babies in 10 days, including a set of twins. Another new life joining us on May 20th will bring our family to number 8 moms, 9 kids and 5 newborns! It most certainly seems spring has sprung at Joseph’s House. As we enter our fifth year of service, we are stronger than ever albeit a little older and at times a little exhausted. All the work however never diminishes the joy of welcoming home a soon to be mom and shortly afterwards, her newborn child.
What a blessing is life! With all its difficulties, messiness and pain, there is not anything to compare to the love and joy that erupts in one’s heart as they witness the dreamy smile of a newborn drifting sweetly to sleep swaddled and snuggled in the arms of an ever-adoring mom as she gazes lovingly down upon him. If these young women have never known love in their lives, they learn the meaning of love at Joseph’s House. They absorb the peace, structure, and rhythm of life in an atmosphere instilled with the presence of God, and they all find a part of themselves here they never knew existed. A part of themselves they are then able to pass along to others.
What we are today and have become in our last four years is a result of your allegiance to our mission. You are our foundation, our partners. You are the extended family allowing us to do this heavenly inspired work through your dedication towards the most vulnerable of God’s children. Because of you we will welcome our 50th newborn child to his first home at Joseph’s House this year. 50 children who might not exist if not for this home, if not for you.
We are growing in new directions because of the success of our program. We recently added new staff positions to assist in the development of our ever-expanding Exodus program. This program already provides assistance to moms who have graduated from our home by gathering them together for monthly dinners and life-skills. We also supply these alumni moms with material needs as well as emotional needs as many times loneliness occurs after leaving the supportive, loving, family -environment of our home. Exodus will one day also provide transitional housing as well as assistance with transportation, educational needs and daycare.
The readings this entire week at mass have been about Jesus the Vine and His people, the Branches. We have been told all week when we remain in Him, when we keep His commandments, when we love others the way He loves us, we will bear much fruit. It seems the readings boil down to this one truth from the second reading today from St. John, the truth that GOD IS LOVE.
If you look up the definition of love online you will read all about love as a feeling. It is intense passion, it is intense desire. Nowhere does it say what St. John said “God is Love”. However, as our Pastor said at mass this weekend, what John is saying is Love is an action. We are called to act in love, we are called to decide to love, we are called to put motion into the joy we derive from the love God shares with us and then spread the love and its’ effects to others.
God is Love which means Love is God. Joseph’s House is Love, and is love in action! Joseph’s House is God and is God in action! Joseph’s House will remain in Him so He always remains in us. We will joyfully serve and decide each day to love those many consider unlovable and teach others to do the same. We invite you to join us in this continuing endeavor to love others as Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ loves us!
Once again, we say thank you to each and every one of you who continue to pray for us, support us, volunteer and work with us, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are truly Love, you are truly Love in Action, you are truly Fruit of the Vine of Christ, you are truly of God and you are truly changing lives! God Bless you my friends!
Love & Prayers,