Ite ad Joseph!

August 5, 2015

ite-ioseph3It all started last fall with an interior urge to ask St. Joseph to help us find an affordable newer car. Our 16 year old jalopy was approaching 190,000 miles and we knew we were on borrowed time. How we were going to replace it was up in the air, but considering that St. Joseph was the devoted foster father of Jesus, faithful spouse of Our Lady, and excellent provider for the Holy Family, it seemed the right thing to do. Surely he would arrange with God the Father for a brother and sister of Christ to obtain what we needed.

This is what I love about being part of the communion of saints. It pleases God that we supply each other’s needs through Him, and it must be especially pleasing when we turn to the two people closest to His beloved Son because honoring them honors Him. These thoughts motivated me to start a 30 day novena to St. Joseph last fall, which went on for months as Old Nellybelle gave us trouble off and on. However, when we ask for help, it often pleases God to give us a great deal more than we request in His own good time, and such largesse is always for His greater honor and glory as readers will see.

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11)

While the spiritual interpretation of this passage refers to eternal life, it’s clear that when Jesus said  Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-8), he underscored the passage from Jeremiah; our temporal welfare is precious to God. And so began a series of events and encounters that not only brought us a new car, but much more besides.

Struggling with health issues

Although I had lost 25 lbs. in the Weight Watchers program, by mid October numerous niggling issues were tiring me out. Allergies were the worst ever, fibromyalgia pain was up, and I was fed up with the side effects of a couple of drugs. By February, I felt like I was 90 years old without being able to put my finger on a reason. To show how God looks after us, though, at my primary care physician’s office the only professional who knew of Dr. Ken Sharlin happened to be the one in charge of me. She suggested I see him for a neurological evaluation and I agreed even though I have no love for neurologists. That visit proved to be life changing.

Dr. Sharlin founded the Functional Medicine clinic in Springfield a couple of years ago. The field itself is about 20 years old and represents a new approach to dealing with chronic illness starting at the cellular level, exactly the approach I had been looking for for years. The upshot of my dealings with him is that within four months of following his recommendations, drinking a daily green smoothie tweaked for my needs, and taking supplements custom-tailored for my exact deficiencies, I had more mental and physical energy than I have had in over ten years, and felt confident enough to begin an entirely new career at almost 70 years of age.

My new career

A year ago a dear friend suggested that I apply to be a teacher assistant at Mother of Divine Grace homeschool company. When I saw the hiring process, I knew that at that time I was not up to it, so I didn’t apply. After a couple of months on my new regimen this spring, I felt good enough to go through what was the most rigorous hiring process of my life. In June I signed a contract to provide on-line and telephone teaching assistance to parents who have enrolled their children in the MODG curriculum. It will be part-time work that I can fit into my current schedule and the majority of what I will be doing is what I love to do: editing and coaching students in writing skills as they demonstrate subject mastery. For me, no nobler profession exists than to share in the formation of future saints and I am deeply honored that MODG considered me worthy of that sacred trust.

This job is a Godsend for us in our financial situation, giving us the money we need to pay for a car and to upgrade our food quality to more organic fruits and veggies and pastured meats which is important for our continuing health improvement. The guiding hand of God through the paternal care of St. Joseph is evident to us in this series of events. But the story isn’t finished yet.

The new car

After driving numerous used and new cars and doing our due diligence, we determined that a 2015 Subaru Legacy was the best choice for meeting our criteria of good gas mileage, reliability, safety, and comfort. It was not as comfortable as our old jalopy, but we could live with it. The only problem was how to afford it. I was praying to St. Joseph to pull some kind of rabbit out of a hat when the salesman suggested leasing rather than buying. We are old school types: you buy and maintain an asset, you don’t rent and have no asset. However, after running the numbers on maintenance, repair and gasoline costs on the current car, it was clear that our cash flow would benefit from leasing, so we did.

Of the colors available in the model we chose, silver was my preference, with twilight blue my back-up choice, but the dealer had neither. In fact, in a five state area only one car could be found, and it was twilight blue. We agreed to accept it sight unseen. When we arrived to pick up the car, we saw the beautiful, medium toned blue with hints of gray, a color that reminded us of Our Lady’s mantle. It was as if St. Joseph was saying, “Your Mother had a hand in this, too.”


Some people would say that these events are merely coincidence, but as a person of faith, I know that God, in His generosity through the care of St. Joseph gave us far, far more than what we asked for or even dreamed of. My health continues to improve even though the allergies and fibro remain to be contended with, car worries are over, and I am blessed to be doing work that is a joy. What more could we want?

Ite – imperative of the Latin eo, “to go”

Ad – to, toward

Joseph – Joseph.

For an interesting article about Joseph and his forerunner who served the pharaoh, read this. The Church has good reason to admonish us to go to the patron of the Universal Church. He comes through big time for the glory of God.

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