Saturday, Mar 19
As a child, I didn’t pay much attention to St. Joseph. I don’t recall ever praying to him for his intercession. We didn’t have any statues or images of St. Joseph displayed in our home, and we didn’t celebrate his feast days. Our family was very devoted to Our Lady, so we weren’t completely lost! Poor St. Joe, though. No love from the Joneses!
I guess I was introduced to St. Joseph in college. My freshman year, I took a Foundations of Catholicism class with Dr. Mark Miravalle. I remember realizing then that devotion to this special saint was an integral part of living a fully catholic life. And, since so many older friends were talking about praying to St. Joseph for their future spouse, I started to as well. I would go into the Portiuncula Adoration chapel on campus and pray before the Blessed Sacrament. I would talk to the Lord, but I would also ask for St. Joseph’s intercession. I prayed in that chapel so fervently for my heart’s desires for a holy and loving husband to be fulfilled in God’s time. Boy, did St. Joseph’s prayers work! God brought my spouse into my life at just the right time, and with all the right qualities for my sanctity.
Just before we got engaged, my husband prayed a novena to St. Joseph for multiple intentions. He needed to sell a house, find a job, and buy a car, all so he could ask my father for my hand in marriage. No special intention is too big for the Earthly Father of Jesus! The house sold, he got a new job, and he leased a sensible car to drive his girlfriend in to New Jersey to ask the parents the big question.
Then, after renting for the first five years of our marriage, we were ready to buy our first home together. Again, we prayed our St. Joseph Novena, and again, our prayers were answered. We were under contract on March 19th! And, more importantly, our first home was located just a few minutes away from a wonderful parish and school. I remember the first time The Hubs took me there. I cried tears of joy and thanksgiving just at the sight of it.
Our friend St. Joseph wasn’t finished yet! This story is pretty remarkable. Last May, after spending a few days away with my friend Elise while The Hubs held down the fort, he asked me a question: “What are we doing here?” This question was the beginning of a dialog between the two of us that has evolved into something we never expected to actually happen. We listed this house on Thursday, February 25th and were under contract on March 3rd. Two weeks later we were on a plane to Indianapolis to go find a home for our family. On March 15th we were under contract on a beautiful home in a wonderful parish in Carmel, Indiana. Sometimes, when you least expect it, a lifetime of prayers can bring about the seemingly impossible.
We are obviously so sad to be leaving the community we have grown to love here in Northern Virginia, but our God is a loving Father and we are completely confident that He has another wonderful pocket of the friends waiting for us. When I graduated from Franciscan University, I was heart-sick. It was one of the most difficult good-byes I’ve ever had to say. I clung to the knowledge that as my classmates scattered all over the country and the world, we would always be united in the Eucharist. It’s a mystery, but it is a reality, this Mystical Body of which we are a part.
Pray for us, as we make the transition from our life here in Northern Virginia, the only life the kids have known, into the next chapter in Indy. I can’t wait to share more of the journey with you! And it goes without saying that I can hardly wait to decorate our new house! I’ll be sharing it all here with you.