From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

Gifts to Give at Christmas

An unquestioned acceptance of everyone as a valuable human being.  Show those around you that they are loved for who they are, not for what they do or how much they please you.  Show them that your love is not based on performance, meeting your standards or obeying the rules.

Show that failing is not only alright but sometimes necessary.  Give the gift of a person who is not afraid to fail.  Show that you are trying new things and fail a lot on your way to becoming proficient.  See failure as a part of growing.

Show them how to avoid worry.  Give them  the gift of a worry free life by not being a worrier yourself.  Show others that you will tackle the problems you have, but that you refuse to sit around and worry.

Let them welcome the unknown.  Encourage them to grow by giving them the gift of risk-taking, exploration and an adventurous life.  Allow them to wander into unfamiliar terrain rather than staying with the familiar and always opting for security.  Let them be guided by their inner lights, rather than following someone else and being safe but unhappy.

Give them a guilt free life. Give them the gift of never having to feel guilty.  Teach them to accept responsibility for all their actions, but avoid the immobilization that goes with avoiding responsibility in favor of simply feeling guilty.

Show them how to be fully alive.  Give them the gift of being a person who can sparkle and appreciate all of life. Allow for new adventures, laughter, fun, creativity and trusting your own inner signals in all that you do.