Every great thing starts and develops with small beginnings, even God himself began to build this world with a humble beginning. Yes you may not have a name or big family and even the level of great scholars yet I challenge you to begin to reflect on greatness. Start thinking and dreaming, let others laugh at you but I say you are great. Set up your own greatness goals and learn to stay in it. Don’t attempt to achieve greatness to impress others, otherwise you will doom your own aspirations. Here are five steps to get started:
- Celebrate your success; before you begin working towards your goals and more greatness in life, be sure to acknowledge all you’ve accomplished already
- Create your True Vision
- Take Action
- Stay Persistent
- Have the Right Support
Greatness is a concept of a state of mind of superiority affecting a Person or object in a particular place or area. Greatness can be attributed to an individual or individuals who possess a natural ability to be better than all others. Here are ten Qualities of Greatness inspired by His words
Purposefulness, * Self-confidence, * Boldness, * Optimism, * Forgiveness, * Courage, * Determination and * HUMILITY
Christ himself began his greatness from the womb of a humble woman with no name, born and covered with a swaddling cloth, he chose the manger as his guest room. Between the Star, Moon, and the Sun, he preferred the Star for his sign of brightness towards his greatness. Throughout Scripture we have several Great People like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Moses, Paul, the Apostles, Zechariah, and John the Baptist just to mention a few. None of these people, including Elizabeth and Mary, ever considered or thought themselves great yet so they are. From humble beginnings they achieved their greatness through strong faith in God as their support.
Once again I challenge you personally to start thinking and working towards the greatness God has planned for you. YES YOU CAN – DON’T GIVE UP.
A lot can happen in a year between the good, and the bad, and the ugly. Looking back into the past year may not be helpful. As glasses are raised and fireworks explode into the sky, it is important to recognize the special symbolism this new year brings with it. A time of new beginnings and freshness, a time of reflection and resolutions. It is a time to believe in God to do new greater things in and with our lives. A time to uphold your own new year desires, fill out your past blank spaces and share your joys with others. Be optimistic, think positive, and seize every opportunity as a challenge even, the most difficult ones. May all your dreams and aspirations be fulfilled, may happiness, prosperity, joy, good health, success and great hope overflow in your family and home. A new year rich with the blessing of love, joy, warmth, and laughter is my take for you. Wishing you beautiful moments, treasured memories, and all the happiness a heart can know, a toast to you and cheer.
H A P P Y N E W Y E A R B L E S S I N G S
– Father Seth
GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION
At my first ever Christmas outside my home, far from my family and the people I had been familiar with and away from my country, I am so glad and grateful to God for bringing me to a community of God-fearing people – loving, caring, so concerned and very generous. If I don’t miss anything but more comfortable at home with a great family, then it is all because of you and your family. God continues to bless and keep your family more united as you share stories and gifts together. I am so grateful for your beautiful cards and generous presents. God bless you once again.
“The grace which was revealed in our world is Jesus. He has entered our history, he has shared our journey, he came to free us from darkness and to grant us light. In him was revealed the grace, the mercy, and the love of the Father.” Pope Francis
Wishing you the best compliments of the season.
Merry Christmas and Joyous New Year.
– Fr. Seth.
Hope is the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it will happen. It is an expectation, aspiration, a desire, a wish, ambition, aim, goal, plan, and design. It is a strong feeling that something good will happen and be true. To hope in something is to strive hard in your wish for your aspirations to be fulfilled or accomplished.
Hope in the bible is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in God’s Faithfulness. Having goals is not enough, but one has to keep getting closer to those goals, amidst all the twists and turns of life. Hope allows people to approach problems with a mindset and strategy-set suitable to success thereby, increasing the chances they will actually accomplish their goals. Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.
SOME BIBLICAL REFERENCES…
- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ( Psalm 46:1-3 )
- The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe. ( Prov 18:10 )
- Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength. ( Neh 8:10 ) Ps 42:5; Ps 119:74; Zech 9:12; Rom 12:12; Eph 2:12; Rom 15:13; 1Thes 1:3; 1 Tim 4:10; 1 Pet 3:15
May God grant all your prayerful intentions with your zeal in hope.
God bless you.
Blessings, Father Seth
What: Nativity scene with story and games
When: Sunday, December 16th, 9:15-10:15 AM
Who: Grades K-7
What: Pizza, popcorn and Nativity story movie (parents and families invited to join)
When: Wednesday, December 19th, 7-8 PM
Who: Grades 8-12
Patience is the power or capacity to endure without complaint something that is difficult or disagreeable, forbearance and long-suffering. Patience is an important tool in overcoming frustration. Patience allows us to suspend judgment long enough to make informed decisions, thus paving the path to a happy and peaceful life.
Here are some benefits of patience:
- Patient people enjoy better mental health.
- Patient people are better friends and neighbors.
- Patience helps us achieve our goals.
- Patience is linked to good health.
“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete
harmony with each other as if fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.” ( Rom 15: 5)
“Be filled with love and patience,” (Titus 2:2 ) “be patient in trouble,” (Rom 12:12) “be patient with everyone,” (1 Thes 5:14) “endure persecution patiently,” (Rev 14:12) “for God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat” (1Pet 3:20) “and so I waited patiently for the Lord” (Ps 40:1).
Thus with patience and endurance, you will save your life. Be patient at all
times. Blessings, Fr. Seth
As we approach the season of advent once again let us make use of these precious weeks of preparation to have a special encounter with the Lord.
Your priest is there for your services not only to listen to confessions but also to listen to you as a person. Any concerns of yours that need to be discussed or shared with your spiritual leader must not be kept under the carpet or buried. Feel free to stop in or invite me just for a talk. Remember some burdens or issues of load must be taken off to allow us to prepare adequately and happily for the birth of the Lord at Christmas.
Any time of the day, apart from Mass hours, can work for me. Make an appointment with the secretary or just come as you may wish. God cares and thinks of us all. Let us acknowledge him in the psalms and praise him through this exercise.
PSALM 8 ( PRAYER ) O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place, what are mere mortals that you should think about them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority, the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
I will praise you, Lord with all my heart. I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praise to your name, O Most High! (Psalm 9: 1-2).
Blessings, Fr. Seth