downloadable PDF file: Women of Faith Resources March 2019
by Margaret Felice in A Book of Grace-filled Days
“I give gratitude and glory to God for the abundance of faithful friends in my life and in the world.” (p. 90)
“If I open my eyes to the oppressed and homeless, I see that there is little that divides us.” (p. 97)
“Opportunities for generosity are right in front of us.” (p. 110)
Featured Day: March 20, International Day of Happiness
The International Day of Happiness was proposed to the United Nations by the country of Bhutan. This day is meant to spread the understanding that human progress and development are not only about economic opportunity but also, and especially, about well-being and happiness. In 2011, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that made it a “fundamental human goal” to give happiness as much a priority as economic opportunity. Two years later, in 2013, all 193 member states of the UN celebrated the world’s first International Day of Happiness, and it has continued to grow since.
This year’s theme is Share Happiness – focusing on relationships, kindness and helping others. On this day, if possible, we can encourage one another to do what makes us happy personally and together. We also can go online to learn about what activities are planned in the USA and in other countries the world over.
For additional information:
Lectio Divina: Scripture and prayer for meditating
Read each selection a first time. What word or words call out to you? Read the selection a second time. Ask the words or words calling to you: “What is it you want to say to me today?”
Pope Francis’ 10 Tips or Keys to Happiness
1. Live and let live
2. Be giving of yourself to others
3. Be kind, humble, and calm
4. Have a healthy sense of leisure
5. Sundays are for family time, not work
6. Find dignified work for young people
7. Care for creation
8. Let go of the negative
9. Inspire through witness, engage in dialogue
10. Promote peace
Slowing down, being generous, and fighting for peace are all part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness. Read more at the blog The Francis Chronicles in the National Catholic Reporter on July 29, 2014. The author is Carol Glatz of Catholic News service.
For another commentary go to How to Be Happy, Pope Francis-Style by Kathy Schiffer, published on July 19, 2014, in a blog in Patheos.
For additional International Day of Happiness “food for thought” and contemplation, see Dalai Lama’s Guide to Happiness. This eight-minute presentation offers us insights into values and lived experience that can affect how we live happiness.
Want to be happy? Be grateful – a TED Talk by David Steindl-Rast. Wanting to be happy is what all humans hold in common. Brother David Steindl-Rast suggests that happiness is rooted in gratitude.
Audio Divina: Music accompanied by images
Enjoy the following selections of ”Don’t Worry, Be Happy” and let your heart and soul be touched by the music, the words, and the rhythm.
Okaïdi & Playing For Change 2014 : “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” : Okaïdi and Playing For Change are brought together to share the optimism and solidarity they share in common. Chorals the world over (India, Brazil, Ghana, Italy, the USA and elsewhere) are recorded as they experience music and love together.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy with the lyrics. Enjoy.
Happy Classical Music: We are offered classical music by Halidon Music, published on Feb 7, 2018. The selections were combined to inspire and lift our spirits as we relax, read, or focus on a task at hand.
For Spiritual Reading
7 Ways to Celebrate International Day of Happiness is by Randy Taran, founder of projecthappiness.org, author and filmmaker. In this article she asks: “But what if the happiness we seek is right here, right now, in our own hands, hearts, and in the habits we bring into daily life?” Discover suggestions to seek happiness each day of a week. Then, create your own week of happiness.
A Spirituality Called Happiness : Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount counters happiness as a market-driven product by Glory E. Dharmaraj. While searching for a sermon by a female, this one turned up. It calls to live out that we are God’s Blessings to bestow God’s Happiness to others through our lives.
Visio Divina: Art for Prayer and Meditation
“Visual images are another doorway to sacred awareness. They can touch into our desire to grow in intimacy with God. So, we encourage one another to let ourselves be touched by the colors, shapes, figures and symbols that capture our attention most as we are praying. While gazing at an image ~ a painting, a photo, an icon, a sculpture, a piece of pottery … something may leap out at us, calling our attention to something of God just waiting to reveal itself to us.”
(Ideas inspired by Christine Valters Paintner and Betsey Beckman in their book, Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Arts to Spiritual Direction. See also Abbey of the Arts.)
Today, if you can, sing and dance happiness alone or with others. If you cannot do so in reality, go into your imagination and see yourself experiencing and celebrating happiness with others.
Where do you go, where is your quiet spot to contemplate and feel happiness? Go there in your contemplative moments.
In some moments of prayer, of quiet, of contemplation, hold your world, your universe gently and compassionately. Send thoughts of happiness to a place in the world that needs this now. Send thoughts and prayers of happiness to people close to you who need happiness today.
Day of Happiness: This site has many resources for the International Day of Happiness: action ideas, the World Happiness Report, posters, inspirational quotes and more. Enjoy it. As the saying or song goes: “Smile. Be Happy!”
From the Leadership Team of Gatherings for Women of Faith
May you enjoy a Blessed International Happiness Day!