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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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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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