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Council Meeting Message—January 2022
Best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!
As the daylight increases through January I set my sight on the new year and what I would like to accomplish. Setting goals seems like a better idea than making the traditional New Year’s resolutions. Those resolutions seem to go by the wayside pretty quickly; maybe because they always seem the same year after year.
One goal I have set for this year is to check in with every single member. Many of you filled out the Annual Survey you received at the end of last year. Thanks to those that did! It allows me to update contact information and provide service for specific needs. If you did not yet complete it, I encourage you to complete and return it. It can be done online or by return mail.
Another focus I have for goals this year is to follow the tips for everyday holiness from St. Teresa of Calcutta. I recently printed them out and posted them on my refrigerator so I see them each day. Here they are:
1. Speak as little about yourself as possible.
Tip: Ask others about their day, and take time to listen!
2. Keep busy with your own affairs and not those of others.
3. Avoid curiosity.
Tip: She’s talking about being nosey—the bad kind of curiosity!
4. Accept small irritations with good humor.
5. Do not dwell on the faults of others.
Remember: When you do this, you forget the GOOD in people
and that they’re a child of God, too!
6. Accept censures even if unmerited.
Tip: By this, she means taking DISAPPROVAL in a humble way.
7. Be courteous and delicate even when provoked by someone.
Tip: Know when to walk away or “stop responding.” This can be hard and require extra prayers.
8. Choose always the more difficult task.
St. Teresa of Calcutta was known for her simplicity. These are simple tips, but often hard to do.
Please let me know how I may be of service to you and your family!
Again, best wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!