Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Celebrating the Feast of St. Joseph

Earlier this evening I attended a special celebration of the Feast of St. Joseph hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and Consociates, St. Paul Province.

The evening’s celebration included a beautiful Eucharistic Liturgy in the Henrietta Rauenhorst Ballroom at the College of St. Catherine. This liturgy concluded with Mary Virginia Micka, CSJ, reciting the poem Joseph of Dreams by Alice Smith, CSJ (1899-1987).

Joseph of Dreams

Joseph of Dreams, guard well the poor.
Be a strong bar upon the door.
Be a broad window all day long
to let in sun and wild bird song.

Set a new loaf upon the board

to fill the poor one’s scanty hoard.
With strength and patience bless the lives
of all poor men and all poor wives.

Listen to their children call

when they are cold and tired and small.
Stir up the fire and keep it bright
on all their hearths at fall of night.

Build a dry roof above the heads

of poor folk dreaming in their beds.
Bring peace to all poor souls who lie
afraid and lonely when they die.

Joseph of dreams, in that last hour

be a great light. Be a strong tower.

Alice Smith, CSJ

Image: St. Joseph, Shadow of the Father

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Beginning the Process
Reflections on Associate/Consociate Programs by Joan Chittister
Gunnedah (Part 2)

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