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HAPPINESS AND HOLINESS by DEACON JOHN CLYMORE, DEACON SPIRITUAL ADVISOR

HAPPY NEW YEAR The key to happiness is climbing the ladder of the Beatitudes . Each rung is a closer encounter in our relationship with our lord, JESUS CHRIST our light. The more we climb the closer we are to surrender. While we read down the beatitudes one through eight we realize how happy we have become and our personal relationship with the Lord has become greater.  The world promises happiness in what we want success in, “money new cars etc”….  Most philosophers think it is a state of mind: happiness is much more; it is a state of being. It is derived from being in communion with God. This communion I speak of is given through the sacraments: My focus is the sacrament of reconciliation with the priest in the confessional. This brings the soul and the heart to peace. This peace is true happiness for it brings light to our soul. Being happy all the time is virtuously not to be in this life but is eternal in heaven. In Mt. Jesus says repent for the kingdom of God is at

RESISTING HAPPINESS - A TALK BY ANNA MARIA AND TONY KINIFIC

Prayer: I put my trust in you oh Lord help me to do your will. Thy will be done. Amen. For a while now I have been asking God Why am I here? Praying over it and thinking heavily about it, wondering if I would ever get an answer. Last October I went to a talk at our Church and the guest speaker was Colleen Rayner, the subject of her talk was “The Power of Yes”.   During her talk she spoke about the Bible passage Jeremiah 29:11   “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope”.   I began to notice a connection to my prayers.   Then Kathy asked me with Tony to read this book  “Resisting Happiness” by Matthew Kelly. I began to think and realize these are messengers from God.   God IS talking to me. The Title intrigued me but I was apprehensive because I had a fear to give a talk, however I did say Yes.   Thinking back on the talk ”The Power of Yes”.   First thing   “Seek h

UNVEILING OF THE NEW STEP-BY-STEP RECTOR

From Mary Weis, Lay Director:  De Colores! Below please find information about the Regional Spring Encounter that is a one day event. It will focus on the new guide for Rectors on the Cursillo Weekend. I encourage all of us to be there and to register in advance. We can easily carpool for the day - it is in Wilmington, Delaware on Saturday, April 6 from 8:30am to 5:00pm. Thank you and God bless, Mary ***  APRIL 6 – REGION 2 SPRING ENCOUNTER *** (Note: this encounter is a one-day event, not the usual three-day event.) Come for the unveiling of the new STEP BY STEP RECTOR’S MANUAL.  This one-day event will be held in Wilmington, Delaware.  WE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGING THAT ALL SECRETARIAT AND SCHOOL OF LEADER MEMBERS OF OUR ENTIRE REGION ATTEND!   Location: St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1010 W. 4th Street, Wilmington, DE 19804 from 8:30am to 5:00pm Cost: $25 – covers the cost of breakfast and lunch. Please mail your $25 check payable to “Cursillos de Cristiandad Region 2” and mail

A CHRISTMAS REFLECTION by PAT BURKE

“Lord hasten to fill the emptiness within me this CHRISTMAS.  Christ, light of the world, sparkle within me, dance within me, speak  Within me, command within me. Christ, light of the world, take me,  mold me, hold me, for I love you, Lord Jesus, Amen” 1 st Reading:   Of all the titles by which we address Mary, the most profound and meaningful is “Mother of God”.   This is a daring, startling title.   God, the creator of the whole universe, has a Mother?  The title “Mother of God” does not imply that Mary herself if divine.   It does mean that she is most worthy of our love, our gratitude and our confidence in her intercession.   As we pass through this Advent it is comforting to know that she will accompany us with her prayers and her motherly love. Song:   SING OF MARY, by Gretchen Harris 2 nd Reading:    In these days of Advent we often remember those who are spending this Christmas at Jesus’ table.   If someone close to us has passed this past year we might think this,