February 1, 2015

Five (surprising) Places to Find God

Selection from loyolapress.com

Great opportunities for spiritual growth

Many of us fall into the subtle trap of thinking the only place to find God is at church. If we’re not expecting to find God everywhere, we might just miss great opportunities for help, healing, and spiritual growth. Here are five places where God awaits you:

1. At Work

The relationships you have, the results you achieve, the quality and mindfulness with which you do your work can all be the stuff of holiness. Plus, the money you earn to support your family and the esteem you hold as a contributor to the world can either help serve the kingdom or be an impediment to it. Each day we “suit up and show up” at work we get opportunities to learn more about ourselves and to contribute our gifts to the good of the world.

2. In Difficult Relationships

It’s easy to love other people when everything’s going well. But when there are hurt feelings, mistrust, or clashing wills, relationships don’t feel very much as though they are of God. Yet it is at just those times, that we can witness the movement of God in our lives, leading us to healing, trust, and cooperation. These can be opportunities to let go of character defects and to exercise virtues.

3. In Our Failings

We all like to be heroes. But it’s a given that each of us will fail in our lives. Nevertheless, when we hit our limits or even when we sin, we can turn to God for acceptance, mercy, and the strength to make amends and sin no more. In that turning to God and in our opening ourselves up to God’s grace and forgiveness, we become better people.

4. In Loneliness

Our hearts are restless until they rest in you, O God. Rather than trying to fill the emptiness with mindless entertainment or indulging our cravings, sit still and find God in the emptiness. It takes patience and courage and humility, but you will hear the “still small voice” of God even in the midst of your emptiness responding to your loneliness and restlessness with the only love that fully satisfies.

5. In Pleasure

Many people seem to think that if something’s fun, it must be at least partially wrong. Yet God gives us the world to live in and enjoy. In the words of St. Ireneaus, the “glory of God is a human being fully alive.” Therefore, pleasure is a place to meet God, whether it be the pleasure of nature, of playing, of loving one another, of beauty, or of the occasional overwhelming conviction that we are loved by God.

SPRING ROYALE

Saint Philip the Apostle Parish and Preparatory School
Presents

The Spring RoyaleSunday, March 22nd 2015
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Valley Regency

Tickets: $50 per person

Ticket sales begin January 31st after Masses, or through the School OR Parish Office:

  • Includes $25 Gift of Chips for Gaming Tables
  • Butler served hors d’oeuvres, Carving Station
  • Complimentary: Beer, Wine, Soda, Coffee, Tea
  • Gourmet Desserts, Cash Bar, Piano Music
  • Gaming Tables: Black Jack, Roulette, Craps, Wheel of Chance
  • Gift Baskets for Casino Winnings, Silent Auction, Super 50/50

AD JOURNAL

HONORING

Monsignor Kevin Flanagan, our distinguished honoree, generously shares God’s gifts through faithful ministry. You are invited to express your gratitude and thankfulness for all that Father Kevin has done and continues to do for our Church and School community. Share a special message, prayer or goodhearted wish for Fr. Kevin in our Spring Royale Ad Journal

REMEMBERING

Sister Rene Donohue, FSP served as our dynamic School principal from 1979 to 2001. Sister’s commitment to social gatherings, music, theater and the arts is a rich part of our heritage. We honor her memory with the creation of The Sister Rene Donohue Cultural Arts Legacy which will be funded by the proceeds of our Spring Royale. This year her legacy is continued by providing new lighting and a refurbished sound system for our auditorium. Remember Sister Rene, and contribute to her legacy, by taking an Ad in our Journal in loving memory of Sister or in support of God’s gifts of fellowship and the Arts.

SPONSORSHIP SUPPORTER

Recognition of Your Gift 3-for-1

  • Glossy ad in the printed journal
  • Display on the “Big Screen” at the event
  • 31 day website PDF

Full-Color Ad Journal
$100 – Benefactor (Full Page)
$65 – Patron (Half Page)
$35 – Sponsor (Qtr. Page/Business Card)
$25 – Contributor (Name only)

Table Sponsor
$500 – Leadership Sponsor (Table Sponsorship)

Directions: At stphilip.org, click on the Spring Royale Event, or telephone the Molloy Center (973-779-6200), with your order request

Seeking donations for Silent Auction: (See Fr. Joe)
Vacation package: home/condo in a vacation destination
Airline Miles
Jewelry
Flat Screen TV
Theatre Tickets
Sporting Event Tickets
Restaurant Gift Certificates
iPad
Laptop

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