And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
-Rev 21:5 NASB
The year of 2017 has been a year of numerous trials and tribulations for
so many men, women, and children. I know many of us are very much looking forward to the beginning of a new year where we can start anew and embrace a spirit of hope. We want to be able to allow the love of Christ to burn deeply within our hearts and then share his love with those around us. It is difficult to forgive those that have hurt us or have harmed our loved ones, but whenever I look at the cross and each day when I place my crucifix around my neck I think to myself that God who so loved the world gave us His only Son to die for us. He died for us to save us from our sins, and He is a loving God who forgives us over and over again if we let Him. If Jesus could forgive those who led him to be hung on the cross, and the men who nailed him onto the cross, and those that watched him hang on that cross to die then I can forgive those who have hurt me. Is it easy to forgive, absolutely not. Forgiveness challenges us each day, but if we hold onto anger, pain, and hate then it only consumes our hearts and minds. I know I need my heart and mind to have room for the love of Christ, and if I am consumed with thoughts about what has happened to me and why did God allow such to happen to me and why do those who have hurt me have no remorse then I am allowing the devil to rent space in my head and in my heart, and he's not welcome there!
I began thinking recently about how
difficult it is for so many people to move onward in their life and stay
strong after facing atrocities, tragedies, hardships, and challenges. How do you celebrate the
coming of a new year with a beaming smile on your face when the previous year has left you with "nothing,"
but heartache and a feeling of loss, sorrow, anger, frustration, hatred, etc.? That word "nothing,"is a lie because we are never left with "nothing" as a Christian. God never abandons us, NEVER, and we have to believe that, really, truly believe that as Children of God. God gives us hope that no matter what we have endured in our lives that for sure tomorrow will bring us a new day. And each day will get a bit easier, and as we place one foot in front of the other little by little we move forward from dawn unto dusk and from dusk unto dawn.
1, 2018 besides being the first day of the New Year is also the
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Octave of Christmas. How more appropriate is it that we
celebrate this feast day on the first day of the new year? We turn to
our Mother, of course. Mary is the Mother of God, and the Queen of
Peace, and we know that as Catholics Mary will always be at our side as
we journey on a path of hope towards peace in the world. It is also fitting that this day is also the World Day of Peace where we have hope not only for peace in our own lives, but that all of those searching for peace will find it.
May the peace and love of Christ be with all of you as we begin together a new year.
Veni, Creator Spiritus
Veni, Creator Spiritus, mentes tuorum visita, imple superna gratia quae tu creasti pectora. Qui diceris Paraclitus, altissimi donum Dei, fons vivus, ignis, caritas, et spiritalis unctio. Tu, septiformis munere,
digitus paternae dexterae, Tu rite promissum Patris, sermone ditans guttura. Accende lumen sensibus:
infunde amorem cordibus: infirma nostri corporis virtute firmans perpeti. Hostem repellas longius,
pacemque dones protinus: ductore sic te praevio vitemus omne noxium. Per te sciamus da Patrem,
noscamus atque Filium; Teque utriusque Spiritum credamus omni tempore. Deo Patri sit gloria,
et Filio, qui a mortuis surrexit, ac Paraclito, in saeculorum saecula.