Prospero Aῆo Nuevo (Happy New Year)

When we entered the church on Christmas Eve, I wasn’t too surprised to hear our Hispanics singing the Jose Feliciano song entitled Feliz Navidad (Merry Christmas). You may have heard it before: It starts off: Feliz Navidad (3 times), prospero aῆo y felicidad (happiness). Then it goes into English for a bit: I want to wish you a Merry Christmas (2 times), I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart. The song sounded so joyful, so full of celebration. It may seem irreverent to sing this in church, but to wish another well ‘from the bottom of my heart’ is a kind and generous gesture worth celebrating.

My wish for you in 2016 is not only a prosperous new year, but one filled with love, joy, peace, faith, trust and hope. May you be led safely through any ‘storms’ that come your way. May you continue to discern God’s purpose and calling in your life. May your friends and family support you when you need it most. God bless!

Copyright © 2016 by Theresa M. Williams

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Unemployment Entombment Resource

A friend of mine gave me a copy of a pamphlet from Our Sunday Visitor called Employment Rosary. Please click to view. https://www.osvparish.com/Shop/PDFs%5CP1144_web.pdf.The first two paragraphs is how the pamphlet begins. Below that and the ‘closing prayer,’ there is a brief description of the mystery, then a prayer followed by a meditation. To find this helpful, you don’t have to know how to pray the rosary or be Catholic. I encourage you to check it out!

“Prayer has power. Whether we pray for ourselves or intercede on behalf of another, prayer helps hold together what seems in danger of breaking down in our society, our families, our spirits, and ourselves.

These are frightening times; any one of us can suddenly find ourselves out of work, or unable to meet bills and obligations because a family member’s paycheck has vanished. When we are overwhelmed by loss, displacement, anxiety, and very real fear, prayer brings us back in balance.

CLOSING PRAYER:

Lord Jesus, help us to remember that a thousand ages in your sight are as an evening past – no more than a “watch in the night” (Ps 90:4). Days begin and days end, and no situation goes on forever. Help us to endure hardships in the trust that these difficult days, too, will pass. In you we find infinite understanding, infinite consolation, infinite hope. Your angels say, “Be not afraid.” Help us to remember that your time of trial ended with the tearing of the Temple veil and the rolling back of the stone; our time of trial, too, will end in hope.

Through you, with you, in you, there is nothing to be afraid of. Amen.”

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The Cross, a Sign of Hope?

Just when we can’t seem to take any more bad news–people protesting about this or that, ISIS groups killing people–Good Friday comes.  All of the bad things in our world, the broken promises by politicians, poverty, sin, hate and destruction, is offered up on the cross and defeated. The cross, which seems like a sign of contradiction, becomes our symbol of hope. Sin, death, and Satan will not ultimately win because of the cross. This messed up world is not the end because the victory of Christ’s love triumphs over everything else. The cross is our greatest hope.

I got some artwork from a friend a number of years ago stating that when I asked Jesus how much He loves me, He says “this much,” and then He spread His arms and died for me!

Copyright © 2015 by Theresa M. Williams