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Traditionally the start of a new year is bursting with New Year’s resolutions. Diets, exercise, and organization top the list of people looking to make lifestyle improvements. Another area that some people look to improve is their relationship with God. Some people look to the new year as a chance to deepen their relationship with God and find more relevant avenues to recognize the Divine in their lives. Spiritual Direction is an excellent tool to assist in enhancing one’s relationship with this loving Being that called all things into existence.
In these days after the Beatification, every time I refer to it I use the term "grace-filled." Being at the center of the planning and the celebration itself, the actual celebration of the Beatification was almost like an out of body experience: it seemed so peaceful, beautiful, uplifting - and after so many years of working for it almost unreal to realize it was actually happening.
Seeds sow in dry soil surprisingly give forth life. What to make of it?
Feeling left out happens to all of us at some point in our lives. A friend invites other friends to a gathering and you are not included. A group of people are talking about a shared experience that you were not a part of and their chattiness and body language lets you know you are not included. There are countless versions of this experience of being left out. Being left out is another type of rejection.