Alphabet of Happiness
To be able to read, we need to master our ABCs. To experience happiness,
we need to be thankful for the simple things in life. Learn the
Alphabet of Happiness. If you find it helpful, take time to share
it with your boss, officemates and friends.
A - Accept. Accept others for who they are and
for the choices they've made even if you have difficulty understanding
their beliefs, motives, or actions.
B - Break Away. Break away from everything that
stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.
C - Create. Create a family of friends whom you
can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness with.
D - Decide. Decide that you'll be successful and
joyful come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks
are only minor obstacles along the way.
E - Explore. Explore and experiment. The world
has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you
try something new, you'll learn more about yourself.
F - Forgive. Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh
you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember
that everyone makes mistakes.
G - Grow. Leave the childhood monsters behind.
They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.
H - Hope. Hope for the best and never forget that
anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.
I - Ignore. Ignore the negative voice inside your
head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments.
Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.
J - Journey. Journey to new worlds, new possibilities,
by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day,
and you'll grow.
K - Know. Know that no matter how bad things seem,
they'll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the
L - Love. Let love fill your heart instead of hate.
When hate is in your heart, there's room for nothing else, but when
love is in your heart, there's room for endless happiness.
M - Manage. Manage your time and your expenses
wisely, and you'll suffer less stress and worry. Then you'll be
able to focus on the important things in life.
N - Notice. Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless,
weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always
your kindness and understanding.
O - Open. Open your eyes and take in all the beauty
around you. Even during the worst of times, there's still much to
be thankful for.
P - Play. Never forget to have fun along the way.
Success means nothing without happiness.
Q - Question. Ask many questions, because you're
here to learn.
R - Relax. Refuse to let worry and stress rule
your life, and remember that things always have a way of working
out in the end.
S - Share. Share your talent, skills, knowledge,
and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will
return to you many times over.
T - Try. Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach,
try anyway. You'll be amazed by what you can accomplish.
U - Use. Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent
that's wasted has no value. Talent that's used will bring unexpected
V - Value. Value the friends and family members
who've supported and encouraged you, and Be there for them as well.
W - Work. Work hard every day to be the best person
you can be, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals.
Every sunrise offers a second chance.
X - X-Ray. Look deep inside the hearts of those
around you and you'll see the goodness and beauty within.
Y - Yield. Yield to commitment. Yield to your commitment
to God. If you remain dedicated, you'll find success at the end
of the road. Matthew 6:33 tells us to "Seek first God's kingdom
and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you."
Z - Zoom. Zoom to God in prayer when you are overwhelmed
with problems and challenges. He offers you not just happiness but
deep and lasting joy.
OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?