How many times in our lives have we said or thought, “If I could only do it over again”? The start of New Year provides us an opportunity to take a look and assess how things are going in our lives, what we are most proud of and perhaps what we need to work on, as well as a time to recall past goals and set new ones. Of course most of what we have experienced in life is what it is and is not something we can re-do, but hopefully we have gained some wisdom and knowledge in the process that will assist us in avoiding mistakes or falling into old habits in the future. The New Year opens the way for new beginnings. So where will you begin? Will you spend more time with family? Will you seek new employment or further your education? Are you planning resolutions and setting new goals? Will you give thought to your relationship to God in all of your planning? Will you make an attempt to pray more often or commit to attending Mass every weekend? Will you increase your effort to reach out to help others? Will you engage in activities that will help you grow spiritually? What will it be for this year? Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to exercise more, lose a few pounds, become more active. Advertisers go crazy this time of year competing for your dollar at the gym or with exercise equipment or with dietary aids that line the shelves at the drug store. Many of us make serious attempts to become healthier people.
I wonder how many of us think about becoming more spiritually healthy. Maybe we could exercise our freedom in such a way that we could find a bit more time to spend with God. Maybe we could lose of few of our old ways of thinking about church, maybe we could become more active. Our Church does not spend advertising dollars to help you to get into shape spiritually. Rather, it exists to assist every person to come to know Jesus Christ in both a personal and communal way. We all need companions on the journey through this life and in preparation for eternal life with God. The Church is here to support your faith journey, to walk with you in difficult times and to celebrate joy in your life. Perhaps this New Year is time for a new
beginning in regard to caring for your spiritual life that you might grow in love for God and his people. May the grace of God both inspire and be with you.
Have a Wonderful New Year!
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC