Reeson’s Ramblings :: December 31, 2017
2017 is coming to a close, …
and it’s good to look back and see the ways we’ve grown and the ways we can still improve in the coming year. As you think about your New Year’s resolutions, take the opportunity to strengthen your faith life. Everyone is different and there are endless ways to do this, but I’ve listed a few suggestions based on the expectations we share with new parishioners in our Columbkille 101 presentation. Start with the things that resonate most for you!
• Pray! Some possibilities:
• Talk to God every day. Recite your favorite prayers, talk to Him from the heart in your own words, or just sit in quiet meditation.
• Stop by our Adoration Chapel on the way home from work to spend time with our Lord. Contact the parish office if you need the code to the door.
• Pray the Rosary. If you find it difficult to pray the whole thing, start with a decade every day. This only takes a few minutes.
• Reflect on the Word of God…
• by reading the Bible for 10-15 minutes a day. In our modern age, one way to do this is to install a Catholic Bible app on your cellphone, and instead of checking emails or Social Media during your down time, open up the app and read a few verses. An app for your consideration is called Laudate—it’s free, it links to the Bible, and it has lots of other great information on the Catholic faith.
• Learn more about your faith:
• Read a book about the Catholic Church and its teachings. You can borrow a book from our parish library in the Social Hall, visit a local Catholic book store like Cosgraves or Gloria Deo, or explore the possibilities on Amazon.
• Listen to Spirit Catholic Radio, 102.7 FM, on your morning and evening commute.
• Instead of tuning into Netflix, try watching an episode on FORMED. If you haven’t already signed up, the parish code can be found in the bulletin.
• Learn about a new saint:
A Google search can help, but couple of good places to start are:
• Father Trigilio and Father Brighenti’s webpage at http://www.dummies.com/religion/christianity/catholicism/11-popular-catholicsaints/
• The US Catholic Bishops’ hyperlinks on American saints and evangelizing saints at http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-evotions/saints/index.cfm
• Get involved with a new ministry in the parish.
• For more information on our various ministries, you can consult our ministry guidebook, which you should have received by mail a few months ago.
• Or, you can also scroll through our ministries on our parish website under the Formation, Worship, Charity & Justice, and Evangelization tabs.
• Or, feel free to contact Phil LaSala, who is our director of pastoral services, by calling him at our parish office—402-339-3285 ext. 105.
• Here at St. Columbkille, we are blessed with many ways to share our God-given talents with others, both in the parish and the wider community.
Every day, we are surrounded by opportunities to encounter our Lord. These are just a few suggestions to help you along the way. If you’re looking for even more ideas, please contact me, Fr. Pat, or one of our wonderful deacons for assistance on your spiritual journeys.
When we nourish our faith lives, we become better equipped to “Go and Make Disciples!” May God bless every one of you in the New Year.