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A Grateful Heart

      As the Feast Day approached, I wondered what the day would be like. Would I be nervous? Excited? Both? Who would be there? Will I remember my lines? While all of those questions bounced around in my head leading up to the Feast Day, the only thing I could think and pray as I walked out of St. Mary’s at the end of the Mass was “Thank You”. My heart was full of gratitude for the gift of my vocation and all those who had made the Feast Day possible. I was also incredibly grateful for the support of my family, friends and Sisters.
                While all the support from them was much needed and appreciated, I was also grateful for my patron’s intercession. The more I have gotten to know St. Joseph, the more I appreciate him and his pure, humble spirit. Not a word of what St. Joseph said is recorded in Scripture, although angels did visit him in dreams three different times. Each time the angel was making God’s will known to him. While St. Joseph did not always understand God’s plan for him and his family, he did trust. His humble obedience to the will of God is one of his many virtues that I strive to imitate. While it was not always easy, his obedience shows the peace that comes with following God’s plan. It was the same peace I experienced on the Feast Day, knowing and trusting that I was doing God’s will. May St. Joseph intercede for each of us as we strive to do the will of God in our lives. St. Joseph, pray for us!

Sister Mary Joseph, FSGM


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