Litany of St. Joseph, To Be Held in the Heart

A Quiet Moment Sculpture by Timothy Schmalz

A Quiet Moment
Sculpture by Timothy Schmalz


St. Joseph, dreamer of dreams, pray for us
St. Joseph, living within all of the colours of God, pray for us
St. Joseph, friend of angels, pray for us
St. Joseph, you chose to believe the extraordinary, pray for us
St. Joseph, you transcended cultural conventions, pray for us
St. Joseph, launcher into the unknown, pray for us
St. Joseph, defender of honour, pray for us
St. Joseph, provider of food and shelter, pray for us
St. Joseph, first man to cradle God, pray for us
St. Joseph, welcoming of all, pray for us
St. Joseph, father-figure for the Son and for us, pray for us
St. Joseph, traveler under the stars, pray for us
St. Joseph, refugee, pray for us
St. Joseph, respecter of women, pray for us
St. Joseph, strong yet gentle, pray for us
St. Joseph, artist using the medium of wood, pray for us
St. Joseph, able to live in the moment, pray for us
St. Joseph, seeker of treasures hidden in the mundane, pray for us
St. Joseph, humble enough to make it safe for people to develop as their true selves, pray for us
St. Joseph, powerful presence, pray for us
St. Joseph, keeper of promises, pray for us

St. Joseph, there are many similarities between you and the Joseph from the Book of Genesis. The course of your life wasn’t like you had planned but it became so much greater than you could have ever imagined. Please bring us God’s provision, protection, and comfort. And please pave the way for all of His dreams for us to come true.

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Present, Without Boundaries

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Emmanuel – God is with us
in the chaos, in the mess
in the rejection and in the hurt

Emmanuel – God is with us
in the tenderness, in the touch
in the laughter and in the hope

Emmanuel – God is with us
in the colours and in the storm
in the waiting and in the rush
in the dreams and in the mundane
wherever you are, take comfort, dear one
Emmanuel – God is with us

Thoughts to Hold Onto Each Day

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look for God – especially in the unexpected places
look for surprises from Jesus
play as much as possible
drink in deeply
what is life-giving to me
what is my voice – what is not my voice
I like my voice
I like my body
don’t look for a loaf of bread in a hardware store
it’s O.K. to be right where I am
self-rescue
self-validation
trust my instincts
fully alive to each moment
cultivate happiness – choose happiness
brisk walking gets endorphins flowing
write down my thoughts – get them out of my body
keep experimenting
it doesn’t have to be perfect
go where you are wanted and do what works
listen to what my body is telling me
a vacation from fear
trust that I am beautiful

Integration

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The little girl inside of me
has been screaming throughout my lifetime

And it has taken me this long
to know
to gain the tools to access
to finally give her
what she has so desperately needed

I believe her
her voice, her language, her memories
the pieces she has been able to string together
and I believe her firmly enough
to stand my ground

I will protect her
she doesn’t have to go back there

I will protect her
I won’t pretend that the dragons are illusions

I will protect her
and invite her out to play

The Absurdity of Trying to Turn Circles Into Squares

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It amazes me
that I ever let people try to squeeze me into
plain boxes
when my thinking
is colour-drenched and freely
spherical

Cubes can’t float
or change their form
but bubbles of feelings, perceptions, dreams
can

Appearances of Eden

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Eden
long banished to the realm of myth
momentarily breaks forth
amidst chaos, distraction, and rejection
an intimate blending of Heaven and Earth
stars and angels
hay and animals
with the focal point being
a man and a woman
cradling a Child
LOVE
breathing and aching
God and Human
with the sparkling in His eyes
holding the seeds of a future
where a new Eden
harmony between God and creation
angels, animals, plants and people
will powerfully take hold
and expand
exponentially