March 16, 2007

My Journey to God

Master Builder

St. Joseph, Builder of Peace,
fashion in us strong sanctuaries
of prayer and hope.

who can lift the burden
of our tangled striving,
cut through the conflicts
that block our growth.

Set us free
for the way of simplicity
in a spirit of grateful trust.

Teach us your serenity,
that we may move through joy
and sorrow together
with tranquility of heart.

Build tall and strong
our lives of faith,
crafted firmly in love,
made beautiful in peace.

By Sr. Mary Grace Melcher, O.C.D.

(The Discalced Carmelite nuns of the Monastery of St. Joseph in Terre Haute wrote this poem for their nine-day novena to St. Joseph held from March 11-19. His feast day is celebrated on March 19.) †

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