I thought of you and prayed that your Advent and Christmas would be a delightful one. I hope it was so. The New Year has rolled in and seems to be comfortably set, with its own time and similar schedules. I am hoping though that you are doing something new, or something challenging, something that will delight your heart, something that will make you grow. Christmas brought into our lives the newness of Jesus who is born into the world -- for us -- making us refreshed daily. That "newness" inspires us to reach for greater heights (cf. St. Thomas Aquinas on faith, Summa Theologica).
I'm happy to share with you a poem that I wrote three years ago. I hope it brings your heart hope and joy, as it did mine.
I'm on a different terrain of my journey. My husband Joe and I were in a five-year diaconate program that recently ended. He will be ordained a deacon this 31st of January. This marks a poignant stroke of the years ahead of service. A certain priest says it is a demotion, not a promotion. To me, these are beautiful words to cherish, a reminder that central to our service is Jesus Christ. Not us. For now, I pray God bless you all immensely in ways that will make you grow and shine with God's light.
Happy New Year!
Here is my Poem for the New Year published in the Hawaii Catholic Herald. Enjoy! Thank you for your friendship and precious time! Aloha nui.