This entry is dedicated to those who have recently made Saint Joseph Villa their home.
Moving to the Villa can be daunting. It is not that the environment isn’t pleasant or that the people are unfriendly. It is just the picking up, letting loose, and facing uncertainty that gets to us. Each one of us has faced such uncertainty in one way or another.
There was a time when moving to Saint Joseph Villa meant the “end of the line.” Not so much anymore—though we are all waiting for that final curtain call. Rather, this transition is stepping into a space of reflection, peace, and preparation—shared with others who can relate to the experience. How fortunate to be well fed, cared for, and surrounded by those who have the same basic dreams and aspirations. How blessed to be housed in the “house of Joseph!”
Think of it. There are friends here and the opportunity to make new ones. There are chances to pray and work together, to share happy times and to grieve as one when we are sad. We come to know that Illness does not have to be a solitary journey; there is always someone to listen and understand.
Well, it is for all of us, no matter our age, health, or mental disposition, to ponder where we come from, what we have, and where we are going. There’s no getting around the experience of aging, but it doesn’t have to be a downer. The Villa can provide a happy and productive way of life. It just takes working at it.
Here in Flourtown, we have the chance to live out the promised hundredfold amid lovely surroundings and a wealth of natural amenities. The Villa provides untold opportunities to be ONE WITH the other, the environment, and our Creator God, Who blesses us so mightily. In this way, it provides a transformative passage to whatever awaits us in the unknown future.