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Parish Blog

Welcome to Mustard Seeds, the blog page at St. Joseph Church. A group of our very own parishioners will be contributing bi-weekly with the hope of inspiring you as we journey together in our faith.

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Too busy for Advent

Too Busy for Advent Advent is a time to pause and be reminded of the blessings that the birth of Christ means for us. But, to be honest, the world does not slow down at this time of year. It speeds up with a million things to do: gifts to buy, parties to attend, baking to get...
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Love & Water – Part Two Tilt the table ever so slightly, and watch the water on it move. It will flow to where it can flow no more, always finding its level. It flows until it is blocked. It waits for something to happen, anything that will allow it to flow again....
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Attitude of Gratitude

Attitude of Gratitude I am always amazed at friends and family that have the genuine gift of hospitality.  When I am invited over to these people’s homes, I feel so loved and appreciated and am always in awe of how they seem to be able to joyfully do this each time.  What a gift!...
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The Cycle of Life

The Cycle of Life With rake in hand and fertilizer spreader on deck I perused my front lawn covered with leaves.  My May Day trees and Lilac bush hadn’t totally finished dropping their leaves yet.  Would it snow soon?  Should I take a chance and wait another week? I looked up at...
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The Vibrant Vineyard

The Vibrant Vineyard The seasons are a reminder of God’s faithfulness and steadfast promises as they follow a natural cycle. Each season presents us with an opportunity to sink into the love of the Creator with the gifts offered to us. During October, our gospel messages invite...
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Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves As I watch the Autumn leaves swirling on the ground and hear the honking of those last geese heading south, I am often filled with sadness! In wondering why, I realize that spring and summer are my two favourite seasons. I love my sweet peas and know that it will be...
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Love and Water

LOVE and WATER:  (PART-1) Tilt the table ever so slightly, and watch the water on it move. It will flow to where it can flow no more, always finding its level. It flows until it is blocked. It waits for something to happen, anything that will allow it to flow again. Always...
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Be Still

Ah!   Finally the sun is shining. . .  as if it never stopped. I sit in my rocking chair, thanking God for this gift from our daughter: outside his ‘n’ hers rocking chairs attached to a small table in the middle.  Best gift!  It’s been out here through all the seasons just...
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Loving What Matters Most

Loving what Matters Most. 22 years ago I joined the Roman Catholic Church.    Recently, one of my United Church friends remarked that I must love the “Church and liturgy”, because, as he put it, “the theology of our two churches is so similar”. I have pondered that comment and...
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Mercy. Divine Mercy.

Mercy.  Divine Mercy. St. Maria Faustina Kowalska (OLM) shares beautifully her experience and encounters with the Lord Jesus in her diary published as “Divine Mercy in My Soul”.  I have recently signed up for short daily portions of this work as a way to both bolster my prayer...
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God’s Replenishing Reign (Rain)

GOD’S REPLENISHING REIGN (Rain) While carrying rain water back and forth to my flower beds this morning, giving them the precious liquid they are in such need of, I began to imagine the hearts of these flowers. What gratitude they had for the moisture they were receiving to...
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Waiting

WAITING…. How good are you at “waiting”? What emotions and feelings are exposed when you hear the words, “PLEASE WAIT”! We all wait. It is entwined in our human existence. Waiting occurs every day and we can embrace it or rebel against it. In our hurried western culture we...
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Father Almighty

FATHER ALMIGHTY                                                                                        We like to think of God as the “Almighty” …and God is. And as Creator …and God is.  And as all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-present — omnipotent, omniscient, and...
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Perseverance

Perseverance After spending so much time on my first submission for a blog, I had neglected to consider how many words I would need to tell that story. It was too long!  I needed to try again!  Initially I was discouraged at my own suggestion.  I am a story teller, and I am...
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When Light Overcomes Darkness

Happy Easter! This year, as usual, the Easter Vigil was a feast of beauty and blessing. One of the most beautiful moments was when light overcame the darkness as, candle by candle, participants passed on the light of Christ. Days later, a friend posted a photograph of that moment...
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Unbinding

Unbinding There is a hidden gem in the eleventh chapter of John’s Gospel, the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, which we heard recently.  The great miracle Jesus performed easily overshadows the last words which Jesus speaks to the crowd.  They are a bit...
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Quiet in His Presence

Ideally, our Lenten days should be days spent in quiet reflective time deep within our inner self, in the core of our being where our loving Lord resides and waits. Our experience of life here on planet earth can be busy, hurried, noisy, stressful, and consists of prayer on the...
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Drink from the Fountain of Mercy

Fr. Leo gave a homily in January about the importance of bridging the gap between our faith life/going to mass and our ‘everyday life’. My daily life, much like many others, is sometimes very busy, stressful, joyful, full of laughter, sometimes tears, work, home duties, helping...
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The Dancer

The Dancer She is light, lithe and limber as she dances with the waves. She spreads her skirt in a curtsy greeting as she begins to twirl and twist into the lapping ocean. As she prances, bows and plunges into the rhythm of her dance, the waves embrace her toes, ankles, thighs...
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From the Heart

As Valentine’s Day approaches, I think back to the Old Days of Norman Rockwell and his drawings for the Saturday Evening Post! I imagine a young fella dashing into the store to grab some flowers, and then I see him at the other end tenderly handing them to a blushing young...
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Not the Best Way to Get Clean

ROLLING IN THE MUCK IS NOT THE BEST WAY TO GET CLEAN The Sermon on the Mount is, in my opinion, one of the more beautiful of scripture passages.  It shows Jesus’ natural gentleness and is one of the most concise examples of how God values not only what we don’t like, but actively...
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New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s Resolution A new year … time for renewal. What is God calling me to do at this time? Do I look at what others are doing and compare myself to that?  or Do I look at what God has blessed me with and what I can do with it? Sometimes as we age, our body takes on a mind of...
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Epiphany

Searching to find the Light of Christmas. On January 6th, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Epiphany. The Epiphany is the biblical event where the Magi, also called the Three Wise Men, traveled from the East to pay homage to the newborn King, Jesus Christ. Tradition and art...
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Cold Comfort: Blessings in Winter

“Cold enough for ya?” said the stranger with a grin.   I laughed and rolled my eyes in reply in a moment of camaraderie between fellow northerners.  Winter in our city is cold, long and dark – a season I often trudge through with resignation and a certain pride in my...
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In Mary’s Shoes

Could we Walk a Mile in Mary’s Shoes? During this time of our Church year we are recalling and preparing for a deeper birth of Christ in our hearts. I often wondered how you and I would have walked in Mary’s sandals.  Was she that different than you and me? -Did she live in...
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Full of Grace

To be “Full of Grace” As a young person growing up, I idolized Grace Kelly: actress, princess, and to me, pinnacle of beauty and poise. Alas, as time would most certainly tell, despite my great desire to glide effortlessly through life with her same poise and this perceiv...
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New Beginnings

The theme, “a new beginning” is especially appropriate for me as I have witnessed the arrival of a new grandson. It always amazes me how a new birth ushers in a sense of wonder in the awesome love of our God.  Everyone is touched in a different way – from the pain of...
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