Merry Christmas! I pray this finds you fully alive in the awesomeness and wonder of this amazing God of ours as we celebrate His breaking into our humanity…

Christmas brings the hope, joy, and the confidence we sometimes forget in the busyness of our lives, of knowing He is born in us every single day if we choose to live in that reality…

And let that choice always be a yes, especially right now in this time and place of darkness, our world and our society have repressed the hearts of many, and maybe for you and I at times as well…

But Christmas reminds us again and again that the Light of Christ can never be shut out, can never be dampened, can never be taken away… you and I are called to be the proof of that reality…

So, let us encourage one another to lift our hearts and minds to God – it’s where life happens and freedom awaits!

It’s time for us to get back in “spiritual shape” – time for us to step out of this darkness – take a leap of faith – take a chance – it’s our calling… And you and I know this “because following Jesus was never meant to be safe.”     

In the next few days, we will be entering into a brand-new year, a fresh start, a reset, let’s make it a “spiritual reset.” 

Let’s live “out loud” the Jesus alive in us!

I recently read one of Richard Rohr’s daily meditations where he quotes Thomas Merton.

“Make ready for the Christ,

whose smile like lightning,

set’s free the song of everlasting glory that now sleeps,

in your paper flesh, like dynamite”

 He goes on to say: 

“The birth of Christ in our souls is for a purpose beyond ourselves: it’s because His manifestation in the world must be through us.”

So, are you ready? I mean does anyone have a match out there?

Let’s light the fuse…

That having been said, I‘m really excited to announce that we now have 2 men’s Cursillo weekends planned for 2022!

The first will be held at the Seminary of The Immaculate Conception in Huntington on May 19-22

The second will be held at Thomas Berry Place in Jamaica Estates on Sept 29-Oct 2 

 God has a plan for all of us in this encounter we know as Cursillo – let’s make ourselves ready!

 Peace, and every bit of what God offers… Jim