On the Spot with Margaret Ann Jacobs, National President
The New Year has traditionally been a time for making resolutions – you know, things like: lose weight; exercise more; establish a budget; set goals etc. Could we use these fine aspirations for developing a fresh outlook on our League work? Maybe instead of losing weight we could lose the weight of anger, impatience, bitterness or prejudice; maybe we could exercise greater sensitivity to the plight of others, deepen our compassion, understanding and mercy; maybe our budget could include prioritizing time for family, friends, neighbours who need extra care; maybe the goals we establish could include a plan for personal enrichment, effort to develop new (CWL) skills, or making a commitment to a new outreach project. Whatever we resolve to do, it will require thoughtful consideration, careful planning and an understanding that each new step will require our full commitment and that even if we slip, we need to continue to review our progress and resolve to renew our commitment to achieve our goals.
As League members let us resolve to:
- Ponder the new theme “Inspired by the Spirit, Women Respond to God’s Call”. Consider how we will be open to the workings of the Holy Spirit in our personal and public life.
- Be co-operative, supportive, loving, joy filled and enthusiastic council members. WOW!
- Contribute and initiate ideas that are new, fresh and dynamic.
- Provide (or participate in) educational opportunities for spiritual growth and renewal. In January we celebrate special feasts – Mary, Mother of God; Epiphany; Baptism of Our Lord, Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children, Conversion of St. Paul; Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Theme for 2017: “Reconciliation – the love of Christ compels us”) … Why not plan a special activity to highlight one of these special events and invite all members of your parish family/community?
- Renew our commitment to live the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, maybe focus on a different work of mercy each month.
- Allow our kindness and goodness to touch the lives of all we encounter.
- Be faithful to the Gospel message – resolve to love one another even those whom we find unlovable.
- Practice humility and self-control.