Happy Advent Greetings!

Advent is the perfect time to practice waiting. As military family members and service members, it seems we are always practicing waiting. There is an old adage that is taught to new service members- “hurry up and wait”.

So, we as military members, we KNOW waiting. We wait for orders, for Household Goods, for deployments to start (so that they get over faster) and we wait for deployments to end (rather impatiently at the very, very end). We wait for doctor’s appointments and in line at the commissary. We wait for RR to start and don’t want it to end.

However, if we practice waiting, we will hear what our Lord was saying to us when he sent us Jesus, all those years ago; in the form of a helpless newborn babe. God was telling us that in the waiting- you grow, in the waiting- you learn and in the waiting all of these times, the waiting teaches us how to be truly grateful and how to experience Christmas as Mary and Joseph did so long ago.

For on Christmas morn, in a manager, in Bethlehem town, all those years ago, a baby was born and placed in swaddling clothes. Which, as I’ve just learnt, the lambs that were sacrificed in the temple on Passover were placed in swaddling clothes; so that the lambs could be a perfect sacrifice to God. So, Jesus, the Lamb of God, was placed in swaddling clothes to be our perfect sacrifice on Good Friday. God loves us so much that he sent his only begotten son to be born on Christmas morn. And as the carols go- “we shall call him wonderful, counselor, prince of peace”.

“Our hearts are restless until we rest in thee”- Saint Augustine of Hippo

Have a very blessed Christmas and a Happy New year!

Go Ahead, Put a Bow on your head and Give yourself to the World! 

Don’t you just love gifts? They are wonderful to receive and so fulfilling to give. Gifts are precious, tender and important. Did you know that you are a gift? You are unique, special and amazing. You matter and make all the difference in this world! You make up the body of Christ and it is beautiful because of you!

As you enter into the depth of God’s love for you, reflect on how HIS love manifests in you. In your pondering, consider how you are living out your faith, at home, at work, in public and in the privacy of your hearts.

Discerning is a bit like pondering but at a much deeper level. Spiritual discernment is an evaluation process. It is looking at all facets of your life, guided by the Holy Spirit by utilizing St. Ignatius Principles to make a sound decision.

Sisters in Christ, now is the time to begin to discern into ministerial positions on the MCCW-WW Board in April 2018 at the Forum in San Diego CA.

The positions are:
President
1st VP Forum Coordinator
2nd VP Faith Formation Coordinator
Secretary
Finance Manager
Northeast Regional Coordinator
Central Regional Coordinator
Western Regional Coordinator
Pacific Regional Coordinator

Good discernment of these ministry positions needs to be conducted months prior to April 2018. If you feel you may be called, this may be your time to enter into discovery. I am here to individually give you specific information. Such as position descriptions, time investment, talent/skills and walk you through St. Ignatius Principles to help you come to a decision.

Kelly Oliver
Discernment Coordinator
discernment@nullmccw.org