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Newsletter: July 2020

Newsletter: July 2020

Dear Friends of Joseph House: The stay-at-home orders we've experienced may have brought a renewed emphasis on your home life and its attendant joys—and tensions. Surprisingly enough, helpful guidance can be found in the tradition of monastic spirituality, which might ...
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A Good Book about a New Saint

A Good Book about a New Saint

By definition, a desert is an empty, arid wasteland. Some would say there is nothing to see. But the desert also brings clarity of vision, and with this clarity Charles de Foucauld saw deep into the mystery of Jesus. In ...
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/ Bonnie Thurston, books, Br. Charles
Newsletter: June 2020

Newsletter: June 2020

Important Note: This Newsletter was written long before protests and riots swept across our country following the killing of Mr. George Floyd. All of us need to be fearless in confronting every instance of racial hatred—whether in our hearts or ...
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Newsletter: May 2020

Newsletter: May 2020

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Even after a couple of weeks we are still not used to this new way of living. We are writing this Newsletter in the middle of April, a critical time for the spread of COVID-19 ...
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A United Family

A United Family

From its beginning more than 50 years ago, the Joseph House has relied on volunteers in its mission to serve people in need. Our founder, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Gintling, believed that just as important as helping people, was giving to ...
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Newsletter: April 2020

Newsletter: April 2020

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Our hearts are heavy as we begin this Newsletter. On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Our Lord came to call Sr. Joan Marie Albanese home. Sr. Joan died at Wicomico Nursing Home here in Salisbury. She ...
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A New Look at the Workshop

A New Look at the Workshop

The COVID-19 pandemic is requiring many people to stay at home to help curb the spread of the virus. Some are taking advantage of this time to tackle do-it-yourself projects around the house. The men residing at the Joseph House ...
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A Message from the Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary in Light of COVID-19

A Message from the Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary in Light of COVID-19

Dear Friends, We would like to begin by saying that we are in prayerful solidarity with everyone being impacted by the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, now a global pandemic. This virus has brought sickness and even death to a ...
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Newsletter: March 2020

Newsletter: March 2020

Dear Friends of Joseph House: A marvel of modern life is that we can go to the grocery store any time of year and find a wide selection of produce. Even when it is still cold outside, the market bins ...
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Sr. Joan Marie Albanese

Sr. Joan Marie Albanese

On Sunday, March 8, 2020, Our Lord came to call Sr. Joan Marie Albanese home. Sr. Joan died at Wicomico Nursing Home here in Salisbury. She had previously been under the care of Coastal Hospice in our convent, and the ...
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/ Little Sisters, Sr. Joan
The Confession of Br. Charles

The Confession of Br. Charles

A canonized saint by definition is someone who practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God’s grace. Coming from all walks of life, they show us how any situation can be transformed by the light of the Gospel. To ...
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/ Br. Charles, hope, humility, saints
Newsletter: February 2020

Newsletter: February 2020

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Here we are in the middle of winter, and although it can be a dreary time of year, there are also treasures to behold, such as the pale colors of the winter sky and the ...
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Newsletter: January 2020

Newsletter: January 2020

Dear Friends of Joseph House: After a short break over Christmas, we are ready to get started in this new year and new decade. There's always plenty to keep us busy. First of all, at the Joseph House Crisis Center ...
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The Most Meaningful Gift

The Most Meaningful Gift

This reflection was written by Sr. Mary Elizabeth Gintling, our founder, in 1979: When we prepare for the mystery of Christmas, what are our days of preparation filled with? Most of us have thousands of things to do and for ...
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Newsletter: December 2019

Newsletter: December 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: We're all familiar with Christmas carols but some of our favorite songs of the season are Advent hymns. They tend to get drowned out because Christmas music starts playing on the radio at Thanksgiving and ...
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Newsletter: November 2019

Newsletter: November 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: A lovely custom with many people when they gather for Thanksgiving Dinner is to take turns saying what they're thankful for. Expressing gratitude is good for the soul—and it's what the holiday is all about ...
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/ Amazon, Magi Fund, Newsletter, Thanksgiving, Vows
Newsletter: October 2019

Newsletter: October 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: When someone is homeless, he or she needs many things. At the Joseph House, we can't do everything, but one service we do provide is laundry. We have to set limits since we only have ...
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How Virtue Conquers Vice

How Virtue Conquers Vice

Where there is charity and wisdom, there is neither fear nor ignorance. Where there is patience and humility, there is neither anger nor disturbance. Where there is poverty with joy, there is neither covetousness nor avarice. Where there is inner ...
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Volunteering Makes A Difference

Volunteering Makes A Difference

Our work at the Joseph House is like farming in that we plant seeds, although we don't always see how they grow. Once in a while, however, we get a glimpse of how a seed planted has taken root and ...
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Newsletter: September 2019

Newsletter: September 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: A friend of ours has been going through a difficult time. Worries keep her up at night. She will go for a walk to clear her head but that doesn't help. She prays to God ...
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/ grace, Henri Nouwen, Newsletter, Oscar Romero
Newsletter: August 2019

Newsletter: August 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: The Joseph House has been in Salisbury for more than 40 years. When Sr. Mary Elizabeth first arrived on the Eastern Shore, she was more or less a nomad, staying with friends and becoming acquainted ...
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August's Colorful "Fashion" and Simple Living

August’s Colorful “Fashion” and Simple Living

The following article is reposted with permission from La Vista Ecological Learning Center: Nature's fashion turns to berries in August. Sumac fruits ripen to crimson. Wild black cherries ripen, starting out red before turning black-purple. Grey dogwoods' bluish-white berries mellow ...
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Newsletter: July 2019

Newsletter: July 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: When we consider people in need—"the poor"—we may focus on how they're different from us. Do we ever consider how we're the same? Does that change how we want to respond to them? Our founder ...
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Building Success, One Little Piece at a Time

Building Success, One Little Piece at a Time

The Joseph House Workshop is a residential program for homeless men that teaches life-skills needed for employment. It is not an emergency shelter, but a long-term therapeutic program that provides men a supportive place to live and opportunities to grow ...
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Newsletter: June 2019

Newsletter: June 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: The month of June is the turning point of the year. As we approach the summer solstice, the days stretch out with long hours of sunlight, while the darkness of night takes a temporary retreat ...
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/ Newsletter, volunteer
Newsletter: May 2019

Newsletter: May 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: We were talking not that long ago about what it means to be in charge. We laughed because being the "head honcho" is not always glamorous. In our line of work, it usually means you're ...
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When You Don't Believe, Believe Anyhow

When You Don’t Believe, Believe Anyhow

Charles de Foucauld composed this prayer as he meditated on the death of Jesus on the Cross: "This was the last prayer of our Master, our Beloved. May it also be ours. And may it be not only that of ...
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Newsletter: April 2019

Newsletter: April 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: When the tomb of Christ opened on that first Easter Sunday, a new reality for all people also opened up: resurrection is just as real as the cross. Although rooted in history and the bodily ...
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Newsletter: March 2019

Newsletter: March 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: We read with interest about a series of meetings that started at Harvard Divinity School between Nuns and Nones, "nones" referring to young adults, or millennials, who profess no religious affiliation (about 25% of the ...
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What Made the Good Samaritan Different?

What Made the Good Samaritan Different?

One of the most familiar passages in Scripture is the story of the Good Samaritan. Even people who say they don’t know much about the Bible know how the story goes: a man was attacked by robbers and left beaten ...
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Newsletter: February 2019

Newsletter: February 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: We rarely get the chance to do great things for other people. Our days are filled, however, with moments to do little things. These are precious and not to be squandered—they are capable of doing ...
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Newsletter: January 2019

Newsletter: January 2019

Dear Friends of Joseph House: January is a hopeful time. We open a new calendar and all the empty spaces are there waiting to be filled in. The year is fresh and each day a new possibility. Maybe this is ...
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/ health care, homeless, housing, Newsletter
A New Year's Resolution (that helps a lot of people)

A New Year’s Resolution (that helps a lot of people)

Are you looking for a New Year's Resolution that will help a lot of people? Tell someone about the Joseph House. Tell a friend, family member, co-worker, neighbor—anyone!—about your interest in what we do and why helping the less fortunate ...
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Newsletter: December 2018

Newsletter: December 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: In 1944, a letter was printed in the Stars and Stripes newspaper that contained the following: It is 0200 hours and I have been lying awake for an hour listening to the steady even breathing ...
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Newsletter: November 2018

Newsletter: November 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: What if you woke up today with only what you thanked God for yesterday? Reflecting on this can help us see all the things we take for granted: a place to live, a warm bed, ...
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/ ministry, Newsletter, Thanksgiving
Salute to the Magi Choral Festival

Salute to the Magi Choral Festival

Since 1994, the Magi Choral Festival has delighted audiences in Salisbury each November with concerts that herald the holiday season. This year marks the 25th anniversary, although organizers have announced that the upcoming performances will be the last (November 17 ...
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Newsletter: October 2018

Newsletter: October 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: You've heard the adage, "All the flowers of all of the tomorrows are in the seeds of today." This brings to mind the question: what seeds have I planted in the course of my day? ...
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/ ministry, Newsletter, Pope Francis, volunteer
Newsletter: September 2018

Newsletter: September 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Last month we mentioned Catherine Doherty, the founder of Madonna House. She lived an extraordinary life and in many ways was a kindred spirit of our own founder, Sr. Mary Elizabeth. We'd like to bring ...
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Only For Today

Only For Today

A plan of life is helpful for keeping us on course, not to be perfect, but simply to be a little better than we were before. Pope John XXIII followed a simple 10-step plan that he had written. Its focus ...
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/ Pope John XXIII, Spirituality
Newsletter: August 2018

Newsletter: August 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: How many times a day do we look in the mirror? Some people more than others perhaps, but we all need to check our appearance now and then. Catherine Doherty, the founder of Madonna House, ...
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Newsletter: July 2018

Newsletter: July 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Some people have a goal to be a big success. Our founder, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Gintling, wanted us to be little nobodies. Sister worked hard to establish the Joseph House: she gave her life to ...
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/ ministry, Mystical Body, Newsletter
A Good Foundation in Life

A Good Foundation in Life

Without a good foundation, nothing will stand. Buildings crumble and arguments fall apart if they lack the necessary support beneath them. Human societies also need to rest on something — something that is solid but flexible, dynamic yet enduring. That ...
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Newsletter: June 2018

Newsletter: June 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Money is a curious thing. It can buy books but not intelligence; finery but not beauty; entertainment but not happiness; luxuries but not culture; a house but not a home. Money can give us what ...
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Two Fundamentals about our Purpose in Life

Two Fundamentals about our Purpose in Life

Everyone has a vocation, that is, a particular calling and purpose in life. Growing up, we ask ourselves the same questions: Why am I here? Why am I alive at all? What am I to do? We instinctively realize that ...
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A Community in the Footsteps of Br. Charles

A Community in the Footsteps of Br. Charles

Our founder used to say, “A community is not so much a group of people living together to love Christ as it is a group of people loving Christ together.” Being together physically to form a community is not always ...
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Look Up For A Sign

Look Up For A Sign

The goal of the Joseph House Workshop is to help homeless men transition to stable, productive living. We know the goal has been reached when a resident completes the program and has a steady job and the means to live ...
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Newsletter: May 2018

Newsletter: May 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Sr. Mary Elizabeth Gintling, our founder, had a vision for our ministry that continues to guide us. When she started the Joseph House, she had next to nothing apart from a few principles in mind ...
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Newsletter: April 2018

Newsletter: April 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Across the land, we see a transformation taking place: buds forming on tree branches, birds chirping in the early morning light, delicate sprouts poking through the earth. After a long winter of nor'easters and arctic ...
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/ homeless, hope, ministry, nature, Newsletter
The World is a Joyful Mystery

The World is a Joyful Mystery

Spring is a tonic for the soul. After being cooped up inside during the winter, stepping outside to perceive the awakening land is a blessing. It feels like the flowers and grasses are not the only things coming back to ...
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Newsletter: March 2018

Newsletter: March 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Home is where our story begins. If this is true for us then it was true for Jesus when He walked the earth, born into the family of Mary and Joseph. He lived in a ...
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Lenten Meal Blessing

Lenten Meal Blessing

In the weeks before Easter, we are given time during Lent to put extra effort in turning toward Christ and becoming more Christ-like. There are three practices to help us in this regard: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. They are three ...
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/ hunger, Lent, meal blessing, Spirituality
Newsletter: February 2018

Newsletter: February 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: The Hospitality Room has been an essential part of the Joseph House Crisis Center for 20 years. It's a day shelter for men and women who are homeless. Five days a week, they can go ...
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Housing Needs Can't Wait

Housing Needs Can’t Wait

This has been a very busy week at the Joseph House Crisis Center. More than 50 families came seeking financial assistance, many in regards to housing. When housing needs are on the line, we can’t delay in responding – especially ...
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/ housing, poverty, Social Justice
Newsletter: January 2018

Newsletter: January 2018

Dear Friends of Joseph House: To the world, he was John Paul I, a pope known primarily for the shortness of his term (33 days). To Pia Luciani, however, he was Uncle Albino, and in a recent interview she shared ...
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First Steps Toward Helping the Poor

First Steps Toward Helping the Poor

January is Poverty Awareness Month. According to the Census Bureau, 43.1 million people in the United States live in poverty. Of these, about 19.5 million live in deep poverty, which means their household income is less than 50% of the ...
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When St. Joseph Sleeps

When St. Joseph Sleeps

As Head of the Holy Family, extraordinary demands were placed on St. Joseph, and he worked hard at being the best husband and father he could be. This involved not only doing, but listening. St. Joseph was receptive to God's ...
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/ family life, Pope Francis, St. Joseph
Newsletter: December 2017

Newsletter: December 2017

Dear Friends of Joseph House: In depicting the birth of Christ, Byzantine icons sometimes show St. Joseph sitting away from the manger, either resting with his eyes closed (symbolizing his dreams) or facing the devil (symbolizing the temptation to disbelief) ...
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/ Christmas, ministry, Newsletter, St. Joseph
What Am I Preaching With My Life?

What Am I Preaching With My Life?

Every religious community has its own charism, a particular way of life and a spirit that forms its identity. In setting the charism of the Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Gintling looked to an obscure French ...
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Newsletter: November 2017

Newsletter: November 2017

Dear Friends of Joseph House: A few years ago, Fr. Paul Mast, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Wilmington, spent a six-month sabbatical immersed in the lives of people living on the streets. The experience spoke to his heart, ...
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Newsletter: October 2017

Newsletter: October 2017

Dear Friends of Joseph House: She was born in Philadelphia and raised in Baltimore. She lived in a house built by her father on the banks of North Point Creek, from where she liked to set out in a row ...
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/ ministry, Newsletter, Sr. Mary Elizabeth
This Hermitage Speaks

This Hermitage Speaks

Carlo Carretto was a Little Brother of Jesus, a religious community inspired by the life of Charles de Foucauld. With a poetic style, he also wrote several books that explored his desire to live a contemplative life in the world ...
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The Poor Are Just Like Us

The Poor Are Just Like Us

The following was written by Bishop Kenneth Edward Untener (1937-2004), who served as the bishop of the Diocese of Saginaw: Helping the poor is not always a pleasant experience. It's no picnic helping the poor. There is often no feeling ...
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/ ministry, poverty, Social Justice
Newsletter: September 2017

Newsletter: September 2017

Dear Friends of Joseph House: A prison can keep someone locked in, and also locked out. In Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle, the protagonist, Jurgis Rudkus, finds himself homeless, destitute, and ravenously hungry. He staggers up and down the city ...
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/ homeless, ministry, Newsletter, poverty, Workshop
Character Traits of Givers

Character Traits of Givers

In light of the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, people are rising to the challenge of helping their neighbors. They are giving what they can: food, water, money, boats, shelter. It is not the time to hold back. Opportunities ...
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/ ministry, Social Justice
Newsletter: August 2017

Newsletter: August 2017

Dear Friends of Joseph House: Every organization and institution, whether it is civic, business, religious, or charitable, has its own style of operation. It's not just what they do, but how they do it that sets them apart. This is ...
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Helping Face to Face

Helping Face to Face

In an online world, there is still a place for personal contact. Our help at the Joseph House is given person to person, in the flesh. This way we get a grasp of the details that cannot be conveyed in ...
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Newsletter: July 2017

Newsletter: July 2017

Dear Friends of Joseph House: The middle of summer, when everything is lush and full, brings to mind the Book of Genesis and the story of Creation. At this time of year, the earth, the trees, and even the air ...
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Called to Love, Called to Serve

Called to Love, Called to Serve

The life of a Catholic nun or religious sister is a mystery to many people. Stereotypes abound, but as usual the reality is quite different. Even though some things change over time, the essentials do not: all that is good, ...
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The Value of Work

The Value of Work

A good book opens with a good introduction, and the Bible has one of the best. The stately verses of Chapter 1 of Genesis reveal a truth to remember: God made the universe with coherence and meaning. We can easily ...
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Profile: Sr. Mary Elizabeth

Profile: Sr. Mary Elizabeth

In 1995, a local newspaper did a profile of Sr. Mary Elizabeth Gintling, founder of the Joseph House and the Little Sisters. What was her greatest disappointment? What would she like to tell the youth of today? What trait did ...
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The Lord's Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

Sooner or later, most of us will be in a situation where we don’t know what to say. We might be caught off-guard, or there’s something about the circumstances we’re in, or the person we’re speaking with, that ties up ...
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/ prayer, Spirituality
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Lessons of Nazareth

Nazareth is the village where Jesus grew up and lived with Mary and Joseph. For the Little Sisters, Nazareth represents an ideal for their spiritual lives. In the Gospel of John, Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found ...
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/ Nazareth, Pope Paul VI, Spirituality
A magnet in the Little Sisters' convent.

Religious Habit

Among other things, the Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary are noted for wearing their habit, a distinctive blue dress with a matching veil. Article 11 of their Constitutions states: An exterior sign of our consecration is the religious habit ...
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The Poor One

René Voillaume, who helped to start the Little Brothers of Jesus, once gave a series of conferences about religious life. These were compiled in a book, and our founder, Sr. Mary Elizabeth, had the following passage underlined: “We must again ...
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2009 McCulloh Street, Baltimore. Photo taken in 1999.

2009 McCulloh Street

May 1, 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the first building known as “Joseph House.” It was a three-story row house with green-and-white-striped awnings at 2009 McCulloh Street in Baltimore. The house was a God-send. At the ...
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Sr. Mary Elizabeth on “Mother Angelica Live”

Mother Angelica, founder of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), died on March 27, 2016, Easter Sunday. Born in 1923, she was a pioneer in religious media programming. EWTN was the first Catholic satellite television station in the United States ...
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A Prayer for Holy Week

The following was written by Rene Voillaume on Good Friday, 1948. It is part of his meditations on the “Way of the Cross.” With the Cross, Christ Jesus, You have taken into Your charge the whole of mankind, with all ...
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Sr. Joan (as a novice) washing the clothes of homeless men and women in the Hospitality Room of the Joseph House Crisis Center.

To Serve Others I Need Gentleness

During a retreat he made in 1902, Charles de Foucauld wrote down his resolutions for more closely imitating Jesus. He understood that we are what we do. The desires of the heart can become just fantasy if they are not ...
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/ Br. Charles, Crisis Center, ministry
The landscape of northern Mali.

Here You Have Watches, There We Have Time

During his years spent in the Sahara Desert, Charles de Foucuald (1858-1916) was a solitary European and Christian presence among the indigenous Tuaregs of the region. Wanting to know them better, Charles learned their stories and poetry and worked on ...
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The Baby Jesus is Still Hidden

Christmas today has something in common with the very first one: the baby Jesus is still hidden. We all know why the “reason for the season” gets forgotten in our day and age: the birth of Christ has become, if ...
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/ Bethlehem, Christmas, Jesus, Spirituality
The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Baltimore. This is the third church building constructed. From Google Maps.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception

As the Joseph House is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we are taking a look back at some moments in its history. This post is about the first home of the Joseph House, the Church of the Immaculate Conception ...
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The Centenary Year of Charles de Foucauld

Charles de Foucauld, the French priest of the Sahara Desert, spent his last day within the walls of his fortified hermitage in Tamanrasset, 4,600 feet above sea level in the Hoggar Mountains of southern Algeria. Toward evening he heard three ...
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/ Br. Charles, Centenary Year, Nazareth
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Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was a journalist and social activist. She co-founded the Catholic Worker newspaper, which carries on her dedication to peace and the works of mercy. When Pope Francis addressed a joint session of the United States Congress on ...
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Praying With Five Fingers

Through his ministry as shepherd and teacher, Pope Francis is presenting the Gospel with simplicity without sacrificing its depth. His words let the truth shine. His actions also speak clearly about the importance of humility. While serving as the Archbishop ...
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/ Pope Francis, prayer, Spirituality
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Not All Poor People Are Equal

The mission of the Joseph House is to work for social justice, stabilize family life, and help the poor in their needs, whatever they may be. Each person we assist is different. Each person has a particular story and unique ...
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Neighborhoods

Our convent in Salisbury, Maryland is in a neighborhood called Newtown. It’s named this because many of the houses were built in the aftermath of two devastating fires that swept through the community, one in 1860 and the other in ...
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Be At Leisure, And Know That I Am God

In the economic world of today, “9 to 5” is being replaced with “24/7.” More and more people feel as if they are always “on the clock.” In fact, because of smartphones, they are discovering they can’t leave work when ...
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/ books, Josef Pieper, leisure, Spirituality
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The Two Feet of Social Justice

To walk forward, we place one foot in front of the other. The walk toward social justice in the world requires the same effort. Two feet are needed for this movement: one is “Direct Service” and the other is “Social ...
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The Love of All Human Beings Without Exception

Today is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is celebrated on the Friday following the Feast of Corpus Christi (the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ), which is the second Sunday after Pentecost. Both of these ...
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Like Jesus at Nazareth

Br. Charles desired to imitate the hidden life of Jesus, the life of Jesus at Nazareth. In a journal entry dated May 17, 1906, he listed 14 resolutions that reveal his understanding of this life: 1.  I must remember to ...
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/ Br. Charles, Nazareth
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Work is a Good Thing

A number of years ago, a young man went to work in a limestone quarry. He worked all day outdoors in all types of weather. He broke up stone and carried buckets of lime on a wooden yoke across his ...
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If Today You Hear His Voice

Here is a story from our founder, Sr. Mary Elizabeth Gintling, about her discernment to leave the Little Sisters of the Poor and begin a new ministry with the poor. Pictured above is the promise she professed to God after ...
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Hail the Cross

Msgr. Thomas Craven, a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was known to some of us at the Joseph House. When he died in 2004, he was buried in a handmade wooden casket. As per his wishes, a Latin phrased ...
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/ Br. Charles, Br. Charles, Holy Week
St. Joseph: Patron of Vatican Council II

St. Joseph: Patron of Vatican Council II

Saint John XXIII had a great devotion to St. Joseph and was sometimes called the Pope of St. Joseph. On this day in 1961, the Solemnity of St. Joseph, he named St. Joseph as the patron and protector of the ...
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Beautiful Names

Sr. Mary Elizabeth Gintling was very deliberate in choosing the names of the two organizations she founded. The Joseph House was named in honor of St. Joseph. Sister said that if God trusted Joseph to care for Mary and Jesus, ...
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