November 3, 2014
Hello Bosco Tech Family and Friends!
I hope this message finds you in good spirits. Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated a “Respect for Life” Mass with our Provincial, Fr. Ted Montemayor. It is an occasion to present our prayers to Mother Mary so she can bring them to Jesus Christ for all of us. Hopefully, through her intercessions, we may come to have a greater respect for life, from the womb to the tomb, and for all God’s creation.
Now, as we journey into November, we will be remembering all the saints (November 1) and those who has gone on before us on All Souls Day (November 2). These people are our source of strength and consolation, serving as examples. I am reminded of an insight from Pope Francis to those in ‘consecrated lives’ (Salesians of Don Bosco and so many other religious men and women) but also to each of the one of us, “In calling you, God says to you: You are important to me, I love you, I am counting on you. Jesus says that to each one of us! Great joy can be found in that! Feeling loved by God, feeling that, for Him, we are not numbers, but people and we know that it is He who is calling us.”
We often think joy and trust in God’s goodness is automatic. It is not so. Many people are overwhelmed with life and circumstances that prevent them from experiencing this joy from the heart. At its foundation, it is imperative to create and build that trust. How and where do we begin? At its core, trust is memory. To build trust, we need to create good memories. Do you have good memories when you are thinking about God and about your relationship with Him? More practically, do you remember any good memories about life and about your family?
Let’s take the coming weeks to unite with our Lady of the Rosary (the beginning recitation for the Rosary,“Hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with you” was taken from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1 and verse 28). May we be renewed and strengthened these days for the future…
St. John Bosco and all the Saints, bring our prayer to God the most high!
Fr. Chinh Nguyen, SDB