St. Joseph Province

Missionaries Of Compassion

“Do as I have done” Jn 13,15



A man was looking at all the different animals behind the circus tent. As he was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, […]

Little Things

Little Things Lisa Beamer on Good Morning America, after her husband had died said that it was the little things that she misses most about Todd, such as hearing the garage door open as he came home, and her children running to meet him. Lisa recalled this story: I had a very special teacher in […]

Blue Rose

A Blue Rose Having four visiting family members, my wife was very busy, so I offered to go to the store for her to get some needed items, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox. So off I went. I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies and headed for […]

Busy All Day Doing Nothing!

Busy All Day doing nothing I decide to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash […]

Deeply Rooted

Deeply Rooted A writer and a farmer were talking one day in a local café about the farmer’s soybean and corn crops. Rain had been abundant in recent weeks, and the results were evident. The soybeans and corn were shooting up dramatically. “All of this rain must be a great relief to you,” the writer […]


Trustworthiness Horror gripped the heart of a World War I soldier as he saw his lifelong friend fall in battle. Caught in a trench with continuous gunfire whizzing over his head the soldier asked his lieutenant if he could go out into the ‘no man’s land’ between the trenches to bring his fallen comrade back. […]


Tomorrow He was going to be all that a mortal should be – tomorrow. No one would be better than he – tomorrow. Each morning he stacked the letters he’d write – tomorrow. It was too bad, indeed; he was too busy to see Jim. But he promised to do it – tomorrow. The greatest […]

Why Pain?

Why Pain ? In the apple-growing state of Maine, U.S.A., I was once visiting a farmer friend and saw an apple tree so loaded down with fruit that the branches had to be propped up to keep them from breaking under the weight of apples. When l remarked about the fruitfulness of the tree, my […]


Aging A friend once gave a copy of the following prayer to the captain of the majestic Q.E.II. He framed ii and often showed it to visitors. It reads like this: “Lord, thou knowest that I am growing older. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject […]


Handicaps Genius knows no handicap through physical ills. Lord Byron had a club foot. Robert Louis Stevenson and John Keats had tuberculosis. Charles Steinmetz and Alexander Pope were hunchbacks. Admiral Nelson had only one eye. Edgar Allan Poe was a mental case. Charles Darwin was an invalid. Julius Caesar was an epileptic. Thomas Edison and […]