Dear Alumni and Parents of Alumni,
As we begin the new year, many of us contemplate making a list of new year’s resolutions. Towards the end of 2014, Paterno Esmaquel II, writing for Rappler, com., compiled a list of ten new year’s resolutions that he based on Pope Francis’ most memorable quotes from that year. I pass them on to you for your consideration should you want to incorporate them in some manner into your own list of goals for the new year. They remain as insightful as they are challenging for 2017 as they were in 2014. For a more in-depth explanation of each one listed below, go to http://tmp-m.org/new-years-resolutions-the-pope-francis-list/
- Don’t gossip.
- Finish your meals.
- Make time for others.
- Choose the ‘more humble’ purchase.
- Meet the poor ‘in the flesh.’
- Stop judging others
- Befriend those who disagree.
- Make commitments, such as marriage.
- Make it a habit to ‘ask the Lord.’
- Be happy.
In the manner that Pope Francis understands it, I wish all of you a Happy New Year.
I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the Alumni Retreat scheduled for January 28 – 29, 2017 at Camp Westminster. Those alumni familiar with the Emmaus Retreats will recall that after their encounter with the Risen Lord, the two disciples returned to Jerusalem and, most likely, to the Upper Room where the other disciples had remained. We will be retracing their steps and gathering at Camp Westminster that will be our own Upper Room. There alumni will talk about what has happened in their lives since they graduated and how the Risen Lord has either manifested His presence on their journey or are still hoping for such an encounter. For more information, go to http://www.marist.com/page/alumni/events/upper-room-retreat.
Fr. Bill Rowland, S.M.
Chaplain – Marist Alumni Association