A Creed to Live By
Don’t undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.
It is because we are different that each of us are special.
Don’t take fore granted the things closest to your heart.
Cling to them as you would your life.
Don’t let life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future,
by living your life one day at a time you will live all the days of your life.
Don’t give up when you still have something to give.
Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
Don’t be afraid to encounter risks.
It is by taking chances that we learn to be brave.
Don’t dismiss your dreams: to be without a dream is to be without hope;
To be without hope is to be without a purpose.
Don’t run through life so fast that you forget where you have been
but also where you’re going.
Life is not a race, but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.
Todays message from the bulletin:
Mourn too, with those who suffer:
with the sick, the lonely and depressed
with the anxious and those who have no friends
with the apparent failures of the world.
Be aware of them, care for them as best you can,
suffer with them, pray with them, weep with them.
Such real compassion brings its own reward,
of acceptance, trust and healing.
Give, and there will be gifts for you:
a full measure, pressed down,
shaken together, and running over,
will be poured in your lap;
because the amount you measure out
is the amount you will be given back.
The Everlasting God has in His wisdom
Foreseen from eternity the cross.
That He now presents to you
As a gift from His inmost heart.
This cross he sends you,
He has considered with His all-knowing eyes
Understood with His divine mind,
Tested with His wise justice,
Warmed with his loving arms.
And weighed with his own hands
To see that it be not one inch too large,
And not once too heavy for you.
He has blessed it with His Holy Name.
Anointed it with his grace
Perfumed it with His consolation.
Taken one last glance at you
And your courage.
And then sent it to you from Heaven.
A special greeting from God to you,
An alms of the all-merciful love of God.
St Francis de Sales.
Hi all. I feel that our parish always manages to put something inspirational on the front of the bulletin. I have decided to make this a regular feature here.
Sometimes we feel uncertain
And unsure of everything,
Afraid to make decisions,
Dreading what the day will bring-
We keep wishing it were possible
To dispel all fear and doubt
And to understand more readily
Just what life is all about –
God has given us all the answers
Which too often go unheeded,
But if we search his promises
We’ll find everything that’s needed
To lift our faltering spirits
And renew our courage too,
For there’s absolutely nothing
Too much for God to do.
For the Lord is our salvation
And our strength in every fight,
Our redeemer and protector,
Our eternal guiding light-
He has promised to sustain us,
He’s our refuge from all harms
And underneath this refuge
Are the everlasting arms –
So cast your burden on him,
Seek his council when distressed,
And go to him for comfort
When your lonely and depressed –
For God is our encouragement
In troubles and in trials
And in suffering and in sorrow
He will turn our tears to smiles.
Helen Steiner Rice