by BCBP Editor

BCBP President Manny Jimenez’ message for the New Year 2014 is also his message this year during the installation of new chapter heads and their governance teams. It is a great message for all of us to ponder on and put into action in our lives.Jimenez, Manny
Good day, Bros. and Sis. Congratulations to all of you, to us all. Truly we are blessed! God has been good to the BCBP. He has led us to our community where for most of us, we are given the opportunity to care for and share much of our life with each other.

Today, we also thank God for giving us the committed leaders, our outgoing Chapter Head and the Governance Team who have served the chapter well. They have been instruments of God’s love and kindness.

We also rejoice for God continues to shepherd us through our new chapter leaders. Our Lord will show us the road that leads to Him and gives us people to help us along the way. This is His greatest gift which we must persevere to share with others. Let us give our Lord a big applause.

The start of the new year is a special time. It’s when we examine the past year and thank God for all that He has done for us. It is time to look ahead and place our FAITH AND TRUST in God, knowing and firmly believing that He will care for us. It is also our opportunity to renew our commitment to serve our God with all our heart and mind for He is our King. Finally we look within ourselves and to find this God who is Lord of our soul and King of our heart, a caring FATHER whose GENEROSITY and LOVE make all things beautiful.

When New Year comes, the majority of us, goes through the process of making our New Year Resolutions. POPE FRANCIS is considered a parish priest of the world. A writer compiled from the speeches and homilies of the Pope, ten of his memorable quotes and formatted these as ten of his New Year resolutions. May I briefly summarize and share these with you as they have very appropriate practical applications to most of us.

1. Don’t Gossip – while it is considered one of our hobbies, Pope Francis denounces it as murder. Never speak poorly of others. There is no such thing as innocent slander.

2. Finish your meal – Wasting Food is stealing from the poor.

3. Make time for others – lend your listening ears; the Pope sent a handwritten thank you note to a Jesuit he had never met reminding him to “be a blessing to others as you struggle through your own storm”;

4. Choose the more humble purchase – he rides a 29 year old Renault. Cars are necessary but take the more humble one. Think of how many children die of hunger and dedicate the savings to them. He preaches against materialism.

5. Meet the poor in the flesh – we donate to charity but this is not enough. Our commitment to the poor must be person to person, in the flesh. Visit the sick, those in prison. Don’t just dole out, our charity must give the poor the opportunity to change his status in life.

6. Stop judging others- In the same way he denounces gossip, he condemns prejudice. He reminds intolerant Catholics to respect atheists. Good atheists do exist.

7. Befriend those who disagree. He prays for those who disagree with him – love the unlovable. He encourages dialogue, dialogue, dialogue. It is the only way for individuals, families, and societies to grow, the only way for the life of peoples to progress, along with the culture of encounter, a culture in which all have something good to give and all can receive something good in return. “Others always have something to give me,” he says.

8. Make commitments, such as marriage ( be bold in your beliefs )- have the courage to say “forever.” He advises the youth not to fear marriage, to rebel against the culture of temporary, and believe in our capability to love, to take responsibility. He prays for the youth to have the courage to swim against the tide and to be happy.

9. Make it a habit to ask the Lord. – Bothered about the future? Ask the Lord and He will show you the way. Samuel said, Speak Lord, I am listening. What path am I to follow?

10. Be happy- The Pope says, the true Christian exudes great joy. Keeping our joy to ourselves “will make us sick in the end.” Joy must be let go, we cannot hold it. Joy is a pilgrim virtue…it is a gift that walks, walks in the path of life, that walks with Jesus, preaching and proclaiming Jesus, proclaiming joy, lengthens and widens that path..”
Pope Francis says, “the Christian sings with joy, and walks and carries this joy.” And this joy should translate to love of neighbor.

May I leave this final message to us all. Let us take our faith seriously. As we follow Christ and we must not only become His Disciples. Let us be evangelizers. Let us assert ourselves as Christians, loving God and serving our neighbors.

Happy New Year to all !!! God bless us all.

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Nigel C. Buchanan January 28, 2014 - 11:26 pm

This is the joy which we experience daily, amid the little things of life, as a response to the loving invitation of God our Father: “My child, treat yourself well, according to your means… Do not deprive yourself of the day’s enjoyment” (Sir 14:11, 14). What tender paternal love echoes in these words!


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