This Year I Will Make a Difference
This year I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by any circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and hear says. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark.
I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. I know time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this year with joy of a child and courage of a giant. I will take each day as though it was my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving.
I will not let past failure haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on victoriously. No failure is fatal. It’s OK to stumble…I will get up. It’s OK to fall…I will rise again.
I will spend time with those I love. My children, my grandchildren, my family, my friends. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationship. This year I will spend at least five minutes each day with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes each day of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes each day with those I love and even those who are not so lovable.
This year I will make a difference. I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.
Last Updated (Monday, 26 January 2015 07:26)
Forty eight years in celebration of life and Christian service on planet earth. Monsignor Dennis S. Odiver, capped his 48th birthday with a Eucharistic celebration at the St. Andrew the Apostle Parish (SAAP). His loving mother Nelda and sister Pinky and the church community in attendance. His birthday this year is most auspicious as it falls on the first Friday of the new year, the 2nd of January of 2015. After the mass our beloved Pastor invited everyone to partake of a simple packed dinner courtesy of his mother and sister: pancit, chicken afritada, fish fingers with mayo, rice,and soda. The cakes which came in later were courtesy of the many well-wishers of the day. I saw him blew birthday candles on at least three cakes. Some guests include lay members of his former parish, The Holy Cross Parish. Early that morning, he had a simple birthday breakfast after saying the 6:30 morning mass with the members of the Apostleship of Prayer and devotees of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Christmas is not just about merrymaking and gift-giving. It is about hearts that have grown cold because of sin. Hearts that do not care. Hearts that do not understand. Hearts that do not forgive.
Christ was born on a cold night. His parents, Joseph and Mary were knocking on doors for a room. None was offered them except a stable. He was born there, wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid on a manger surrounded by animals.
Christmas is Christ whose heart is aflame with love. A heart to warm ours that we may no longer be uncaring, indifferent and unforgiving. To develop a heart like Jesus, loving unconditionally, loving unselfishly and loving unceasingly.
Christ was visited by the shepherds. Through an angel, they came to know of Jesus. In seeing Him, in being with Him they were filled with true and lasting joy, with true and lasting peace.
Christmas is discovering Christ, experiencing Christ as gift meant for all; as gift that is inexhaustible; as gift that we must share.
Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, the Word made flesh. He is God from whom life and truth proceed. He is light that illumines. He is truth that sets us free. He surprises us. He amazes us. He overwhelms us.
Christmas is not just a day. It is a continuing moment of encountering Jesus whose mercy and forgiveness renew us, empower us and embolden us.
Christ is the reason for Christmas. Christ is the reason for the season.
A blessed Christmas to all!
Last Updated (Sunday, 25 January 2015 18:27)