“Seven days without prayer makes one weak.”
“The only way out is through.”
“On that day, the Lord will bind up the wounds of his people.”
Christine is a beautiful woman, inside and out. She is as vital as fresh air or summer sun. She is successful, strong, sincere and faith-filled. But her heart is a fragile, hidden glass, ready to break at any moment, because her beloved son is a heroin addict. Johnny lives in a tidal darkness beyond the shore of her sustaining light. Like spilled ink, that darkness regularly invades her joy and conspires to steal her hope.
Spiritual darkness holds a profound contradiction. It is the place where we may be deeply lost but even more deeply found. It is an interior tunnel through which every person walks at least once in life, the deep chasm from which Isaiah pointed to the distant mountaintop.
During the thrilling season of Advent, we step out into the land of promises and prophets. The language of hope unfurls in a galaxy across the heavens, calling us out of darkness toward an Infinite and Incarnate Light. In this first week’s glorious readings, the prophet Isaiah points to our salvation, star by prophetic star:
• There is a Day coming, he tells us, and on the Day, the Lord will bind up the wounds of his people.
• In a very little while, he tells us, Lebanon will be changed. A shoot shall sprout from the tree we had thought to be withered.
• On this very mountain, he tells us, we will behold our God.
For all of us who, like Christine, carry human sorrow in the shadowed valleys of our spirits, there is healing on the near horizon. The Daystar of Jesus Christ is about to dawn through the darkness. God is about to put on the very humanness that is our burden and transform it into glory. Let us begin, with an eager faith, to enter the divine mystery being sung among the stars.
“Stars can’t shine without darkness.”
“Life begins once Jesus becomes the reason you live it.”
“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”
“The secret to having it all…is knowing you already do.”
Please welcome Mary Monaco, Project Manager from Good Help Connections, who has been assigned to Covenant Health’s CareLink implementation. The Good Help Connections team members will be on-site at St. Mary’s Health System for an executive kickoff meeting being scheduled for Thursday, December 3rd, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. for all Covenant hospitals’ C-level, VP-level and Directors who support clinical-both nursing and physicians, revenue cycle, ancillary and ambulatory. The kick-off meeting will be held via televideo so that many of you can participate without having to travel. The primary purpose of the meeting is to review project expectations. The locations are as follows:
• St. Joseph Hospital-Bangor – St. Francis Boardroom
• St. Mary’s Health System– Lepage Large Conference Room
• St. Joseph Hospital-Nashua – School of Nursing Auditorium.
• Covenant Health– Sr. Marie Room
Also in the works is a schedule for Covenant staff including Information Technology Services and operational Directors, Supervisors, Managers and staff to see the Bon Secours Epic system via webex the week of December 7th. We’re hoping to coordinate the demos by functional area with set times. At this time, please pencil your calendars; more information will be forthcoming.
Our annual Founders Day celebration on Monday in the Chapel remembered the heritage of the Felician Sisters who established St. Joseph Hospital, and bestowed special honors on the four recipients of this year’s Mother Mary Angela Service Award.
This year’s Award recipients (photo, from left) are Jessica Michalowicz, Reimbursement Department; Sandra Helms, Mission Services; Denise Hebert-Cloutier, Intraoperative Services; and Eileen Carroll, Telecommunications.
Congratulations to these four individuals, who were selected to receive the highest honor bestowed on any member of the St. Joseph Healthcare family.
More highlights in the slide show below.