The Importance of the New Year
The archbishop of Washington asked Catholics in the D.C. area to keep in mind the religious importance of New Year’s Day.
“Just as Mary reflected on the birth of Jesus eight days after his birth, the first day of the year is a day for Catholics to reflect. To reflect on the events of the passing year, and most of us have great hope for the new year ahead.” Deac
“Most of us have great hope for the new year ahead. Mary also invites us to give thanks for the gifts that we enjoyed in the year behind us.”
True reflection does not come easy. Such reflection takes time and effort. Reflecting on something means looking for its deeper and inner meaning. In our fast-paced world most of us don’t have a lot of time to reflect, to consider life, but it is something we should do, we must do if we are to grow.
With that in mind, I offer a few reflections and corresponding resolutions that I hope will help you turn the page on 2022 and enter into 2023 with renewed spiritual zeal.
Reflect: Did I maintain a connection with my parish in 2022? Have I come to Mass every week? Have I continued to financially contribute? Or did out of sight become out of mind?
Resolve: Reconnect with the church and come back to Mass. Talk to Fr. Rick or Deacon Mike and ask what their needs are and how you can (safely) become involved. Consider a financial donation to express your support and gratitude for all your parish has done. Or to commit to be a part of a ministry.
Reflect: Did I make the Eucharist the center of my life?
Resolve: Don’t miss the opportunity to worship God at Mass and experience the Eucharist. Go to Adoration once a month just to sit in front of the Eucharist and experience Jesus in your heart.
Reflect: Despite the hardships of 2022, did I manage to express gratitude to God for his blessings? Did I find joy in the small, unexpected gifts of everyday life?
Resolve: Be more intentional about saying “thank you” to God. If you do not pray before meals, now is a great time to start. (If you do pray before meals, add grace after meals as well.) Be vocal with your loved ones about your attitude of gratitude each day. Keep a running list of all for which you are grateful.
These are just a few thoughts. Let’s make this year a year of great hope, joy, mercy, and love.
May God Bless you always,