A  Message of Hope

God is reaching down to us…

Dear Nurses,
We are to be a people of Hope.  Although we are tired and weary of the current news, restrictions, and suffering, we have reason to remind our hearts to sing.  There is much sadness and distress swirling around us.  Let Hope arise.  

This hope we are called to is not based on fantasy or wishful thinking, but on a firm foundation revealed by God himself.  “God is love”, therefore He loves us. 
Christmas reminds us of the depth of His love and care for us.  Incarnation, Webster says, “The act of assuming flesh, or of taking a human body and the nature of man; as the incarnation of the Son of God”*.  God is not removed from us.  He is close. The Psalmist tells us, “You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb…my very self you know.” 

Do not be disturbed.  Calm yourself, knowing that God is present to you and in you. He is offering His love to you.  Bring Him into your situation as you care for your patients, families, and fellow staff.  “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16).  Enter His gates with thanksgiving, then read Psalm 139 slowly.  Let God love you.


May your Christmas be filled with the joy of knowing Christ's love for you!
In Jesus' Holy Name, Your President, Ellen Gianoli, RN
Psalm 139
New American Bible, Revised Edition (NABRE)

LORD, you have probed me, you know me:
you know when I sit and stand;
you understand my thoughts from afar.
You sift through my travels and my rest;
with all my ways you are familiar.

Even before a word is on my tongue,
LORD, you know it all.
Behind and before you encircle me
and rest your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
far too lofty for me to reach.
Where can I go from your spirit?
From your presence, where can I flee?

If I ascend to the heavens, you are there;
if I lie down in Sheol, there you are.
If I take the wings of dawn
and dwell beyond the sea,
Even there your hand guides me,
your right hand holds me fast.

If I say, “Surely darkness shall hide me,
and night shall be my light”
Darkness is not dark for you,
and night shines as the day.
Darkness and light are but one.

You formed my inmost being;
you knit me in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, because I am wonderfully made;
wonderful are your works!
My very self you know.

My bones are not hidden from you,
When I was being made in secret,
fashioned in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw me unformed;
in your book all are written down;
my days were shaped, before one came to be.

How precious to me are your designs, O God;
how vast the sum of them!
Were I to count them, they would outnumber the sands;
when I complete them, still you are with me.

When you would destroy the wicked, O God,
the bloodthirsty depart from me!
Your foes who conspire a plot against you
are exalted in vain.

Do I not hate, LORD, those who hate you?
Those who rise against you, do I not loathe?
With fierce hatred I hate them,
enemies I count as my own.

Probe me, God, know my heart;
try me, know my thoughts.
See if there is a wicked path in me;
lead me along an ancient path.

The Fall 2020 NACN-USA Newsletter is now available HERE! 
The National Association of Catholic Nurse, U.S.A. is a member association of Catholic Nurses and other healthcare professionals who uphold the teaching of Jesus Christ and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in nursing care, research, administration, and education.
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