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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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JOY

I was able to attend this years’ annual CWL Wine, Women and the Word event.  The theme was joy and everyone needs a bit more joy in their lives, so I decided to go.  Besides the beautiful décor, food, prizes, the room was filled with lovely people willing to share their own joy...
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A Response to the Our Father in this Autumn Season

A Response to the Our Father in this Autumn Season “And it came to pass as he was praying in a certain place, that when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Lord teach us to pray’”. (Luke 11: 1) As I meditate on this scripture verse, I place myself in a garden, close to...
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Coming Home

Coming Home “My house is small, no mansion for a millionaire, but there is room for love, and there is room for friends and that’s all I care.” That was written on a spoon I received many years ago; but it came to mind just the other day while visiting a friend.  She commented “I...
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Are We Listening to “Fake News”

Are We listening to “Fake News”? Recently, I read a piece that suggested that Satan uses the same tactics on us today as he did with Adam and Eve. Effectively, Satan changes the narrative of our lives; he tells us not to believe God’s great love story with us that is revealed in...
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Seeds

Spring has sprung!  After our long quiet, cold, snowy winter the ice and snow begins to disappear.   The suns’ warmth touching our faces is wonderful and we hear the water gurgling happily down little paths into puddles and into the sewers.  The black earth...
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Cleaning House

We made an inevitable trip to the dump after our spring-cleaning blitz at home this spring.  At the time, I had no idea that it would have some spiritual relevance a few days later, but that is how creatively that God can work in our hearts and minds.  The most mundane...
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Come Home

Meditation through NatureOur spiritual path to eternal life passes through the Pascal Mystery to Easter glory. Join me in a meditation through nature reflecting on that journey.Come Home My tender heart is encouraging you, as you hide in the depths of your being.      I called,...
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“That the World May Believe”

“That the World May Believe”           This phrase from the Gospel kept running through my mind the last few days. In the Gospel of John[i] Jesus warns the disciples that they will all be scattered and leave Him alone …but He is not...
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ATONEMENT or LOVE

ATONEMENT OR LOVE See the cross Jesus hangs Suspended Arms pinned Feet nailed Head slumped People jear Blood flows Lema sabachthani The lance More blood And water God watches God’s Son God’s Self On the cross Slowly Dying God of heaven Man of earth Of both Yet In that...
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… with all your heart

Joel 2: 12-13    “ Yet even now, says the Lord, return to me with your whole heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning; rend your hearts not your garments, and return to the Lord, your God “           Come back to me, with all your...
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Lent – A Time to Look Inward

Lent – A Time to Look Inward Ash Wednesday is coming up and with it the season of Lent. Lent is that marvelous season of reflection and repentance…just what most people seem to want to avoid. I used to think of Lent as a depressing and demanding season. But, not anymore....
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The Greatest

There are three things that last forever – faith, hope and love – and the greatest of these is love.  (1Corinthians 13:13) This much-loved and often quoted scripture came alive for me today in very different circumstances.  It began with a funeral for a young man. So...
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Eucharist

EUCHARIST Do this in remembrance of ME  Have you ever wondered why Jesus left us the special GIFT of the EUCHARIST? In my quiet time of prayer I read Luke’s gospel of the preparation for the Passover supper. Luke 22: 7— Jesus who knew His apostles through and through...
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Our Hope

Oh the first weeks of January…such a unique opportunity for renewal in any way that I choose after careful contemplation and reflection upon the last 365 days of my life!  I try to examine my life in categories: physical health/choices, emotional & mental status, and of...
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Christmas Miracles

Christmas Miracles… Advent is over. The four weeks of preparing was filled with hope, anticipation, joy and love. Christmas giving and receiving was surrounded with friends and family traditions…but we have only just begun! Mary’s YES to the world continues to...
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The Savior Beckons

The Savior Beckons I have a  plaque on the wall which says “Home is where our story begins.” At this time of year while meditating on the Christmas story I am always amazed that Jesus came to be born in a humble stall. In the words of Thomas Merton  “The Advent...
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The World Spins

THE WORLD SPINS The world spins. Its downward spiral distorts and disorients. It’s contortions convulse in the spasms of death throes. Countries vie to be great again yet cannot transcend their tribalism. Fear seeks to squash anything. Anything different. Anything not understood....
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Simplicity: Having nothing yet possessing all things

Simplicity: Having nothing yet possessing all things (Matt 7:25-34)  Dependence on God. Today I pray for the grace of holy simplicity so that I may enjoy the simple things and depend only on You. Simplicity is not poverty.  It is living in joy.  It is celebrating life.  Simple...
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The “Best Version”

The “Best Version” See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we...
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True Colours

True Colours Wandering along a forest path on a glorious October day in Michigan, I revelled in the reds, pinks, oranges and golds of the turning leaves.  Aging… how beautifully they do it:  the green mask of chlorophyll seeps away and their true colours appear. Then a...
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Psalm 139

Psalm 139:13, 16 You created my inmost self, Knit me together in my mother’s womb. For so many marvels I thank you; A wonder am I, and all your works are wonders. Your eyes could see my embryo In your book all my days were inscribed, Everyone that was fixed is there. Knitting can...
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How Lovely to Let Go

How Lovely to Let Go I was scrolling through Facebook last week and I saw a beautiful fall picture with leaves collected in open hands.  The quote read, “The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let things go.”  Somehow, that spoke to me, right at that time, at this...
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Encountering God in the Autumn Season

ENCOUNTERING GOD IN THE AUTUMN SEASON Autumn arrives with abundance – abundance that touches all our senses. We see the colorful leaves as they crunch and crumble; the delicious smell of fruit and vegetables as they are converted into stews and desserts as well as the sound of...
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Always Becoming

Always Becoming One of the sounds of summer that I love is water sprinkling on the fresh cut grass and children’s squeals of delight as they run through it. The other day a phrase popped into my head … “water, water everywhere and nary a drop to drink!” It...
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Our Teachers

OUR TEACHERS Philosophers ask deep questions of life. Great minds unravel how and what of things. Inventors ask, why not. Explorers take us to new places, and leaders gather us together. But it is our parents who start us on the road to who we will become. They show us the window...
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‘Saint Alphonsus Liguori and The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ’

  ‘Saint Alphonsus Liguori and The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ’ The last couple of months, I have devoted mch of my prayer time on pondering and praying with: ‘The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ’.  Although definitely not your average typical...
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Hanging on by a thread

Hanging on by a Thread In today’s reading we read Matthew’s account of the hemorrhaging woman’s encounter with Jesus. Every story of encounter with the divine is significant for us, but this woman’s story has a special place in my heart. First, she had suffered great physical...
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Mysteries

Mysteries I am not a devout prayer of the Rosary, but as I sit beside my dying loved one I find I cannot pray.  All my attempts are swamped by too many swirling thoughts and emotions and too little sleep. I take up my beads.  What Mysteries do I pray today?  Blank brain, so I...
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Choices

CHOICES My windshield wipers can barely take away the rain so that I can see my way clearly.  Day after day the rain falls.  My mood reflects the gloom of the day. A scripture tickles my mind –Isaiah 55:8  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not my ways,...
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Positive Ripples

Positive Ripples I recently attended a funeral for a person that died very suddenly and unexpectedly. We attended the funeral: a wonderful service with many people there to celebrate his life.  What struck me was that in the end there was one collage of pictures, one table of...
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Pentecost

Pentecost “This is Holy Ground, we’re standing on Holy Ground, for the Lord is Present and where He is is Holy”.[1] Recognizing the Holy in the here and now is the work of the Holy Spirit. How can we recognize the gentle promptings of the Spirit in the arena of...
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Spring is a Miracle

Spring is a Miracle Spring’s arrival can be swift or slow in coming. However, it always delivers a season of glory. The pussy willows pop their heads in greeting, early spring flowers grace the landscape, patches of green grass appear and the brilliant blue sky all add color to...
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Created in God’s Image

CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE A space. A gap. Distance. Separation. Connotations of individuality. And if there is no space? Together. United. Joined. Communal. Connotations of embrace. Unity is an ideal that we strive for but our lived reality too often tends towards individuality....
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Same Old, Same Old!

Same old, same old! Has someone ever answered your question of how are you, with a ‘same old, same old’ response? A friend asked me if I had advice for a ‘same old, same old’ prayer time.  She said the Lord’s voice seemed absent from her time of prayer. It led me to wonde...
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A Lesson From the Paschal Mystery

A Lesson from the Paschal Mystery Christians seem to spend a lot of time thinking and talking about suffering and death. The crucifixion, the body and the blood of Christ, sacrifice, death and dying are all part of our regular religious devotions. It is not a pretty picture. And...
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Telescope

TELESCOPE If life is like a box of chocolates (Forest Gump), then faith is like a telescope. We have a choice in faith — the choice of which end of the telescope to look through. Looking through the eye-piece helps us to see things far away with more depth. Looking through...
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Listening Amid the Noise of Our World

Listening Amid the Noise of our World Lent can be a time devoted to prayer.  Creating a space and time for regular prayer takes discipline, a firm resolve and deep commitment.  Prayer comes in many different facets: that noisy cry for help, the lamenting, complaining, murmuring...
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Why I am Excited for Lent

Why I am excited for Lent… It’s February.  It’s cold.  The joy and wonder of Christmas has worn away with the scraping of the driveway for the thirtieth time this winter.  February can be a tough month for some in general and our spirits can begin to sag.  We may need something...
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Grace in the Space

Grace in the Space New Year’s resolutions have always been an important part of my life- lose some weight, eat healthier, drink more water, pray more, be more patient and the list went on. This year I decided to try a different approach. I am going to make space in my life for...
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Come Follow Me

“Come Follow Me” Our present Liturgical season is called “Ordinary Time” and yet there isn’t a single thing ordinary about it.  In the readings for the 2nd Sunday; the disciples ask Jesus where He is staying and Jesus says “Come an...
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What’s It Take to Get In?

WHAT’S IT TAKE TO GET IN? Libraries of books have been written on “the Kingdom of Heaven”, and what it takes to… “get in”. The answer to that final question of the great celestial entrance exam is in what has been said to be the most...
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Contemplation on the Nativity

Contemplation on the Nativity Lord Jesus, On this day so long ago, You were born to the Virgin Mary, A human child wrapped in swaddling cloth. Did You cry out as You were brought into the world? Did the cool night air shock your little body just newly born? Did Your Mother Mary...
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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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