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    Adoration and Benediction on First Saturdays following the 9:00 AM Mass until 12:00 Noon
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    Saturday: 4-5pm, 6-6:45pm
    Sunday: 12:30-1pm (Guadalupe Parish)
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EPIPHANY – January 4, 2015

01 - Jan 4, 2015ARISE, SHINE, FOR YOUR LIGHT HAS COME!
By:  Margaret McCarthy

January, the start of another New Year.  When I ponder this a few thoughts come to mind.  It seems that God has designed it this way – when we wake up each morning it’s a beginning of a new day and a fresh start.  Monday is a start of a new work week, Friday comes and work is finished.  Night comes and the day is done and again in the morning we have a fresh start.  January is the beginning and December is the ending of a year.   Something like the beginning of June, Roughrider training camp begins and it all comes to an end in November, sometimes great and other times filled with deep disappointment.

  Many of our great saints of the Church brought to us prayer and reflection shaped around God’s design.  One of them that I have experienced is the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.  For me the gift I received from the Exercises was the daily examination of conscience.   You start by thanking God, all we have is gift, given to us far beyond anything we might expect or deserve.  Then we ask God for the grace to know our sins and root them out asking for forgiveness as we do this.  Finally, we end with a resolve to make changes.  At this point I take to heart in what St. Theresa of the Saint Thérèse of Lisieux taught us, make changes in little ways, not everything at once, as this never works.

  Alcoholics Anonymous has a slogan, “One Day at a Time” by which they mean that sobriety is not achieved by big resolves but resolving for today not to drink.  The same is for me, today I can resolve to be kinder and more patient with my husband, today I can resolve not to talk with co-workers about other co-workers.  Professional athletes do this even after they have won a big game.  They’re always thinking how could of I improved my game, what could have I done differently.

  As Christians our game plan is to be a light of Christ to everyone we meet.  Our scripture this Sunday Isaiah 61.3 states, “Arise, Shine, for your light has come.”  So let’s together this year resolve to rise up from all the negativity that bombards us.  None of us can predict the future, but we can approach it with hope and resolve that God will be at the center.  We will honour Him in mind and body, growing spiritually, renouncing our pride and arrogance that says we will do it our way.  Finally, we will pray to the Lord for wisdom and the courage to not become disheartened by our failures and weaknesses because scripture says:

Pray to the Lord, and he will hear you.
He will save you from all your troubles.
The Lord is close to those who have
suffered disappointment.
     He saves those who are discouraged.
Good people might have many problems,
but the Lord will be their strength.” Psalm 34

 May God’s blessings and grace be with you and your family this New Year!  And remember “Saints are Sinners who kept on going.”  Quote from Robert Louis Stevenson.


Bulletin Jan 4, 2015

 

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