Encourage: It's often easy to complain about situations and the actions of others, but complaining does not help anyone or anything, it simply tears down. This week, encourage someone, especially if you are tempted to complain.
Behold: This week, spend time beholding God. Just look at him, listen to him, and ask for the courage to follow him in every aspect of your life.
Follow: The magi followed the star, seeking the Messiah, the King. This week, reflect on what you follow. Do you follow sports, news, trends. How important is following these? How much of yourself do you invest in these? Spend a little more time each day seeking Jesus, following the Light.
1. Think of someone in your family that you have not talked to in a while.
2. Buy a card.
3. Write a note in the card.
4. Buy a stamp.
5. Mail the card.
Receive: It is said that it is easier to "give than receive". We find ourselves this time of year doing both. However, we have been given the greatest gift - Jesus. Let us receive him intio our homes, our families and our world.
Find Joy: In our world, it's sometimes hard to have joy. We all want to be joyful, so why don't we go looking for it. Sometimes some of our most joyful experiences are also some of the most difficult ones. This week, go looking for joy, and you might just find it.
Have Peace: This week, let peace reign. The peace that Christ brought into the world is such a gift. Share the peace that you have found in your faith with others.
Hope: This week, let hope reign. Jesus is coming, land we should prepare our hearts to welcome him. Prepare to welcome him by welcoming others into your hear, home, and church.
Grow and Go: What concrete steps are you taking to grow in your faith, to share that faith with others? This week, take a step, grow your relationship with God by spending time with him, then tske anoherv step and share that experience with someone.
Ponder: This week, think about everything you have in your life - the things you have been entrusted with by God. How are you investing these things so that they yeild more blessings for others?
Prepare: Spend some time this week looking at how much time and effort you put into things in your life. Then, look at how much time you spend preparing to meet God; how do they compare? If you find that you aren't investing your time wisely, make small changes. Make them one at a time, let them become a habit, and keep on growing!
Invest: Invest yourself in another person. Take the time this week to take focus off of yourself and spend it on another person, and do this without expecting thanks.
Love: Make a conscious effort this week to love. We may find that at times we do not love, or even like ourselves; neighbors can be difficult, and God can be confusing. Do something this week to show that you love yourself, your neighbor, and God.
Give - This week, focus on how you give yourself. How do you give your time, your talents, your faith? If you struggle in giving, pray that God gives you a generous heart and mind. Make a conscious effort to give a little of yourself each day to people you encounter.
Intercede: So much is happening at Holy Redeemer and we as a parish are trying everything we can to share the Gospel to anyone and everyone. But as Jesus said, "Some things can only be overcome by prayer and fasting."(Mk 9:29) Please consider committing to be an intercessor and pray this prayer daily and, if possible, to regularly fast for our efforts at Holy Redeemer........Dear, LORD, we pray for our parish, Holy Redeemer. Bless all our programs, groups, and ministries; the staff and all volunteers. Protect us andhelp us to be faithful to the mission you've given us: We especially pray that each parishioner and person around our parishmay encounter the real and life-changing presence of Jesus. Send your Holy Spirit like a mighty rushing windto bring about a spirit of genuine and continuing conversion. In Jesus name, Amen+
Reflect: Reflect on your attitudes of HUMILITY...Why do I do what I do? Is it all about me?...HELPFULNESS...How do I help people come closer to Jesus? Do I leave them to figure it out on their own?...GENEROSITY...How do I share what I have with the Church, those in need, and those who have less? Do I keep everything for myself?...MERCY...How ready and able am I to forgive? Do I condemn, judge and hold grudges?
Invite: invite someone to alpha, encounter, recovery group, to church, even though you think they will say no. They may be the first son who eventually says yes.
Be Generous: Spend some time in the adoration chapel. Ask God for the courage to be generous with our time, our prayer for others, and our forgiveness of all.
Forgive: Think about your life, your past. Think about the relationships you've had with your parents, friends, classmates, the people you work with, and strangers. Do you still harbor a grudge? Do you have a hard time letting go of an injury? This week, pray for the courage to forgive them...and if you already have, forgive them again.
Get a Crucifix: If you do not have one already, go out and get a crucifix. Let us look upon that cross and know his love.