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St. Joseph, the Worker


Today we celebrate St. Joseph the Worker or the Third Monday after Easter. I have chosen this verse from the first reading for the feast of St. Joseph because of the heart connection. “Whatever you do, do from the heart as for the Lord.”

And let the peace of Christ control your hearts,
the peace into which you were also called in one Body.
And be thankful. (Colossians 3: 15)

Today we celebrate St. Joseph the Worker or the Third Monday after Easter. I have chosen this verse from the first reading for the feast of St. Joseph because of the heart connection. “Whatever you do, do from the heart as for the Lord.” What is it that unites us as Precious Blood people more than the life-giving, reconciling essence of that blood which flows through our veins from the heart, let the peace of Christ control your hearts. A lot of times I’ll say, “God bless your heart” as the youth leave the PBMR Center or when I complete a message. It is a reminder to me that we are all connected in the heart of Christ.

There are so many expressions we hear in relation to our heart: you are always in my heart; you have a heart of gold; our children are our heart strings; harden not your heart. Is your heart heavy today? Does your heart feel twisted? Sometimes an angry heart enters the room, other times a compassionate heart, or a grieving heart, or a giving, generous heart is present.

It is when I allow myself silence, to be still and listen, that Christ can enter my heart. Sometimes I get too busy about many things that I miss the presence of God in my heart.

What is awakened in your heart? What does Jesus say or do during your quiet conversation? Does the peace of Christ control your heart?

Sr. Carolyn Hoying, C.PP.S. (Dayton)



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