A Homily from Pope Francis
You can have flaws, be anxious, and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest enterprise in the world. Only you can stop it form going bust. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that to be happy is not to have a sky without a storm, a road without accidents, work without fatigue, relationships without disappointments.
To be happy is to find strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the stage of fear, love in discord. It is not only to enjoy the smile, but also to reflect on the sadness. It is not only to celebrate the successes, but to learn lessons for the failures. It is not only to feel happy with the applause, but to be happy in the anonymity.
Being happy is not a fatality of destiny, but an achievement for those who can travel within themselves. To be happy is to stop feeling like a victim and become your destiny’s author. It is to cross deserts, yet to be able to find an oasis in the depths of our soul. It is to thank God for every morning, for the miracle of life.
Being happy is not being afraid of your own feelings. It’s to be able to talk about you. It is having the courage to hear a ‘no’. It is confidence in the face of criticism, even when unjustified. It is to kiss your children, pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends, even when they hurt us.
To be happy is to let live the creature that lives in each of us, free, joyful and simple.
It is to have maturity to be able to say “I made mistakes”.
It is to have the courage to say “I am sorry”.
It is to have the sensitivity to say, “I need you”.
It is to have the ability to say “I love you”.
May your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness…
That in spring may it be a lover of joy.
In winter a lover of wisdom.
And when you make a mistake, start all over again.
For only then will you be in love with life.
You will find that to be happy is not to have a perfect life.
But use the tears to irrigate tolerance.
Use your losses to train patience.
Use your mistakes to sculptor serenity.
Use pain to plaster pleasure.
Use obstacles to open windows of intelligence.
Never give up…never give up people who love you. Never give up on happiness, for life is an incredible show.
“Journey to the Heart: Daily Meditations on the Path to Freeing Your Soul”
by Melody Beattie
“In 365 insightful and delightfully warm daily reflections, Journey to the Heart will inspire us all to discover our true purpose in the world and learn to connect even more deeply with ourselves, the creative force, and the magic and mystery in the world around and within us”
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The Work of the Church is Essential
In the U.S., churches were declared "essential" and in Canada "non-essential". You may have had mixed feelings hearing we're non-essential. Take heart in the way Bishop-elect of the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Missouri, Deon K. Johnson, stated the difference of what is essential for the church and what isn't. What would you add or take away?
"The work of the church is essential.
The work of caring for the lonely, the marginalized, and the oppressed is essential.
The work of speaking truth to power and seeking justice is essential.
The work of being a loving, liberating, and life giving presence in the world is essential.
The work of welcoming the stranger, the refugee and the undocumented is essential.
The work of reconciliation and healing and caring is essential.
The church does not need to “open” because the church never “closed”.
We who make up the Body of Christ, the church, love God and our neighbors and ourselves so much that we will stay away from our buildings until it is safe. We are the church."
The Blessing - Canada
As the world has come together in a time of crisis, the church has united in prayer and worship to bless our communities around the world in the Name of Jesus. With one voice, this is our prayer over Canada.
ANOTHER day beginning , Lord,
Who knows what it will bring?
Please keep strong and cheerful, Lord ,
And let my spirit sing.
So many are in need of love,
In need of comfort too,
Please let me show them hope and joy,
A little kindness too
Another day ahead of me,
With battles I must win,
Lord stay beside me all the way,
And give me strength within.
When This is Over, by Laura Kelly Fanucci
When this is over,
may we never again
take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbours
A crowded theater
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
When this ends
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way — better
for each other
because of the worst.
The Great Realization – A bed time story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020. Watch it here.