Opportunities

January 3, 2019

As I think about the new year, I find myself pulled by all the awful stuff that happened in 2018 and I don’t want to have them repeated or continued. I ask myself what can I do? I’m not a politician. I’m not a millionaire. My voice is small. I am only one person out of millions. Whatever money I contribute gets lost. I don’t know where it really goes, or how it is used. Through the media I hear about the handicapped, the poor in foreign countries and the homeless in our own community. I’m not a holy person like St. Francis and probably will never be one. What can I do to make the world a better place? How can I be a better person?

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

From Our Lady of Hope this year we received a gift. I got a book, “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity”. In that small book Matthew Kelly shares an insight into how all of us can make a difference. He talks about “Holy Moments”. Holy Moments are those opportunities that we all get every day to do little and sometimes big things for others. When I reflected on this idea I began to remember some things others have done for me that made a difference. I also began to think of Holy Moments that people have told me that made them feel good.

I thought about the time a farmer pulled me out of the ditch when my car went off the road. I think of the student who helped me pick up the pile of papers that I dropped and scattered. I think of those who spoke to me when I was alone. There are times when I’ve helped others. When I worked at an IGA store, while I was in high school, we carried the groceries to the cars of our patrons and it always made me feel good. Patients tell me of times when they helped others and how wonderful it made them feel.

These are holy moments and I think God stops crying for a moment and smiles as he notices the little good things we do for each other. I don’t have to be rich, or healthy, or well connected to do good things. God offers each and everyone of us Holy Moments each day and all we need to do is notice them and respond. My wish for you this new year is that you will notice these Holy Moments and respond. We can change our world a little by practicing Holy Moments.

May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his face shine upon you, and give you his peace.



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