Week of January 31, 2016

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Don’t forget the “Healing Service for Sexual Abuse” that our Diocese is putting on in order to reach out to everyone who has been impacted by any sexual abuse. Our deanery is hosting this service. It will be held at St. Margaret of Scotland Parish on February 4th at 7:00 p.m. I hope to see some of you there.

Bishop Johnston has asked every parish in our diocese to have an in-pew pledge drive for our Diocesan Annual Catholic Appeal. You will find pledge cards in the pews and I ask you to consider making a pledge to the work of our diocese. As of today 48 households have made a pledge to this appeal amounting to $8435.00. If you have not made a pledge yet, I ask you to consider making one today. Any amount you give will be helpful.

Below are the final three points of the Guideposts for Wholehearted Living that I began running in last week’s bulletin.

According to Dr. Brene Brown, “Wholehearted Living” is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. It means cultivating the courage, compassion and connection to wake up in the morning and think – No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.

10 GUIDEPOSTS TO WHOLEHEARTED LIVING:

  1. Don’t Fear Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle

Calm people aren’t anxiety-free; they’re anxiety-aware. Calm people are those who can bring perspective to complicated situations and feel their feelings without reacting. If you feel strong emotions rising and are dying to freak out, then ask yourself, “Do I have enough information to freak out? Will freaking out help?”

  1. Pursue Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and “Supposed to”

People on a wholehearted journey feel like their work has purpose and meaning — no matter how simple or complicated it is. Developing our talents involves overcoming the negatives of self-doubt, so it’s recommended to write down what those self-doubts are and investigate whether their excessive cautions and warnings are really worth stressing over.

  1. Laugh, Sing and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and “Always in Control”

We devalue vulnerability by wanting others to think of us as cool and in control. But when we don’t give ourselves license to laugh or be ridiculous, we become intolerant of others who do. That is a lose-lose situation. When opportunities for silliness arise, take them. Have dance parties in your kitchen. Sing loud to the radio. Say the wrong thing and laugh at yourself.

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