A Prayer for the New Year

Come, Holy Spirit, Spirit of the Risen Christ, Be with us today and always. Be our Light, our Guide, And our Comforter. Be our Strength, our Courage, And our Sanctifier. May this new year be a time Of deep spiritual growth for us, A time of welcoming Your graces and gifts, A time for forgiving freely And unconditionally, A time for growing In virtue and goodness. Come, Holy Spirit, Be with us today and always. Amen
An Initiative of Jesus Youth A Missionary Movement at the Service of the church

Don Bosco Utume
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January 18, Sunday: Issue 78

Jambo You(th) is a weekly news letter aimed at helping the Youth in moulding their daily lives in Christ. Our vision is expressed in just two phrases: GOOD CHRISTIANS and RESPONSIBLE CITIZENS.

Pep-up The Young and the Bible Points to Ponder Saint of the Week A Prayer Last Drop

: Stories for Reflection : Pauline Year Special ( I Thessalonians) : Recipe for Happy New Year : St. Sebastian : A New Year Prayer : Happy New Year

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The Golden Gift ! Last Drop
Some time ago, a friend of mine punished his 3-year-old daughter for wasting a roll of gold wrapping paper. Money was tight, and he became infuriated when the child tried to decorate a box to put under the Christmas tree. Nevertheless, the little girl brought the gift to her father the next morning and said, "This is for you, Daddy." He was embarrassed by his earlier overreaction, but his anger flared again when he found that the box was empty. He yelled at her, "Don't you know that when you give someone a present, there's supposed to be something inside of it?" The little girl looked up at him with tears in her eyes and said, "Oh, Daddy, it's not empty. I blew kisses into the box. All for you, Daddy." The father was crushed. He put his arms around his little girl, and he begged her forgiveness. My friend told me that he kept that gold box by his bed for years. Whenever he was discouraged, he would take out an imaginary kiss and remember the love of the child who had put it there. In a very real sense, each of us have been given a golden container filled with unconditional love and kisses from our dear ones. There is no more precious possession anyone could hold.

Happy New Year
H appiness depends upon your outlook on life. A ttitude is just as important as ability. P assion find yours this year! P ositive thoughts make everything easier. Y ou are unique, with special gifts, use them. N ew beginnings with a new year. E nthusiasm a true secret of success. W ishes may they turn into goals. Y ears go by too quickly, enjoy them. E nergy may you have lots of it. A ppreciation of life, don't take it for granted. R elax take the time to relax in this year.

by Catherine Pulsifer
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The Young and the Bible
Pauline Year Special Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians

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Recipe for a Happy New Year
Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, rancor and hate, cleanse them completely from every clinging spite; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past—have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time. Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many people spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time. Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work (some people omit this ingredient and so spoil the flavor of the rest), hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing— don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution. Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humor.

1. When and where was the first letter to the Thessalonians written? In Corinth A.D. 51 2. When did Paul visit Thessalonica? During the second missionary journey in A.D 49 3. Who jointly wrote the letter to the Thessalonians? Paul, Silvanus and Timothy (1:1) 4. How did the Thessalonians become an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia? By imitating the Lord and the Apostles in spite of persecution. They received the word with joy, inspired by the Holy Spirit (1:6) 5. Why did Paul preach the Gospel? Not to please mortals but to please God who tests our hearts (2:4) 6. Who is the witness that Paul did not come with words of flattery? God (2:5) 7. How did Paul behave among the Thessalonians? Like a nurse tenderly caring for her own children (2:7) 8. Who prevented Paul and others from visiting Thessalonica again? Satan (2:18) 9. What did Paul and others do, so that they might not be a burden to any one, while they preached the Gospel of God? They worked and toiled day and night (2:9) 10. What was the conduct of Paul and others to the believers? Pure, upright and blameless (2:10) 11. How did the Thessalonians receive the words of Paul? As if they were from God (2:13) 12. Why did Paul send Timothy to strengthen and encourage the Thessalonians in their faith? So that no one would be shaken by persecutions(3:2) 13. What did God call us to? To holiness (4:7) 14. Who do the impure people reject? The Holy Spirit of God (4:8) 15. How will the day of the Lord come? Like a thief in the night (5:2) 16. What does Paul ask us to do as will of God for us in Christ Jesus? Rejoice always, pray without ceasing and give thanks in all circumstances (5:16-18) 17. What are the faculties mentioned by Paul when he prays to sanctify the entire man? Spirit, soul and body (5:23) 18. How should the believers greet all brothers and sisters? With a holy kiss (5:26)

SAINT for the WEEK
January 20 St. Sebastian
St. Sebastian was born at Narbonne, in Gaul, but his parents were natives of Milan, in Italy. Thus it was in Milan where St. Sebastian was brought up. He was a fervent servant of Christ, and his natural inclinations gave him an aversion to a military life. Yet, he went to Rome and entered the army under the emperor Carinus to be better able to assist the confessors and martyrs in their sufferings, without suspicion. He was diligent in helping his brother Christians, and particularly those who languished in prison. He not only helped the prisoners with alms but also encouraged them to suffer for Jesus Christ. Despite his fame as the saint shot through with arrows in innumerable Renaissance paintings, we know little of this 3rd century Roman martyr, buried in the church catacomb bearing his name on the Appian Way. Traditionally he was a soldier promoted by the Emperor Diocletian to the rank of captain of the pretorian guard. His Christian faith only became known when he tried to protect victims of Diocletian's persecutions, whereupon he became one more of the Emperor's victims. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. www.esnips.com/web/JamboYouth

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