We’d like to wish you and yours a very blessed New Year from all the volunteers of the 2019 Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference. We are working hard to make this the best conference ever and looking forward to seeing you there!
New Building Name:
We just found out that the Cardinal Hall Building at the Ohio Expo Center is now called Kasich Hall. This may cause some confusion as all our materials read Cardinal Hall. We are in the same building as 2018. Parking and entrances are all the same.
Radio Registration Drive
January 11 and 12 listen to St. Gabriel Catholic Radio, AM 820 or live stream at stgabrielradio.com for the Registration Drive for both the men’s and women’s conferences. Hear speakers, personal conference experiences, testimonies, and more! Plus don’t forget this is the last weekend to take advantage of the early bird pricing of $35 for regular and $20 for discounted student tickets. Religious are always free. After January 14 prices are $45 for a regular ticket and $30 for a discounted ticket.
Thank you St. Gabriel Catholic Radio for all your continued support!
Our speakers this year are inspired by faith and we’d like to share that with you – but also with your women friends, neighbors, and family! Please consider inviting someone that hasn’t experienced the conference before. Extra tickets can be purchased under your name and later changed for your guest by logging onto our registration system to change the name and lunch choice.
*REMINDER: Your name-tag is your ticket. Please cut out your ticket before arriving and you can walk right to a seat (no need to stop at the registration tables). A name-tag sleeve will be waiting for you at your seat. For security reasons, we ask you to please where your name-tag whenever you are in the conference building.
Jesus and Our Resolutions
This time of year we might think about developing new healthy habits such exercising more, eating healthy, perhaps getting more sleep, de-stressing and so on. There is nothing wrong with making some resolutions, but do we include Jesus in this process?
It’s funny how we don’t call on Jesus to help us with our physical goals and other needs in times of good health and prosperity the the same way we do when we are experiencing illness, injury, infirmity or other trials. Jesus desires to be part of our lives in difficult times and in good times.
Jesus, help me to make food choices that are give me strength and vigor to serve you and others. Jesus, guide to me to some like-minded Christians to begin to gain more physical strength with safe and sustainable exercises. Jesus, order my day so that I have to time to rest and recover. Jesus, help me to maintain a habit of praying and and being physically active daily. Jesus, help me to be at peace with my body.
We know from Scripture that Jesus cares about all of our needs and concerns and that includes our physical needs. We see Jesus respond to the physical hunger of the crowd of 5,000. He see him repeatedly pair physical and spiritual healing. He understands that we get tired and hungry, that we grieve, that fasting is difficult, and that we are in need of a balance of activity and rest.
Why are we prone to separating our physical and spiritual lives when we know that body and soul are one—and we know that Jesus cares about, and wants to be part of, every single aspect of our lives?
Unfortunately, we don’t see ourselves, and others, as Jesus sees us. When it comes to the physical, we can be influenced by popular culture which focuses on aesthetics. When we see our face or body in a mirror, do we exclaim with delight because we are temples of the Holy Spirit, his beloved children, made in his image and likeness? Or are we more likely to lament about aging or some aspect of our physical appearance?
What would happen if we gave thanks for the gift of God’s magnificent creation before us in the mirror and asked Jesus to guide us in our quest for a physical life that reflects His love and helps us advance in our unique mission? Can we be childlike and turn to Jesus to guide us in prayer and good works on our way to developing new holy and healthy habits?
Jesus, help us to be gentle with ourselves, to set realistic physical goals, to accept our physical limitations, whether injury, illness and infirmity, and to unite our physical crosses with your cross. Jesus, remove the scales from our eyes so we see our physical appearance as a reflection of you, and your great love for us, rather than succumbing to a cultural view that attributes beauty to worthiness.
Jesus, we give you our temporal concerns because we know that you care about everything we care about and you know what is best for us. We pray to move forward with you, in faith and trust, to humbly address our physical and spiritual challenges, desires and concerns, both big and small in the new year.
How will Jesus respond? I think that’s the exciting part. We don’t know because he works so individually with us. We may even be surprised to find that what we thought was a physical need, like a thirst for a cool drink of water, is actually a thirst for spiritual strength, or in the words of the Samaritan woman, a cry for living water—water that will last.
Jesus, we pray for the courage to entrust you with every aspect of our lives, and to seek you first on our journey to be more holy and healthy.
Lori Crock is a strength and movement coach, SoulCore leader, Catholic Times columnist, and St. Gabriel Catholic Radio contributor of Holy and Healthy minutes. She is a St. Joseph-Plain City parishioner who is online at holyandhealthycatholic.com. This article first appeared in The Catholic Times.