THE UNBROKEN WORD
Firstly, let me wish everyone a very Happy New Year. While still in the octave of Christmas, we are often more focused on resolutions in these first few days of the New Year.
The New Year is a time when we often look to change something in our lives. Often something personal, losing weight, dropping a bad habit, or picking up something virtuous which has fallen off the radar during the past year. Like Lent, we are called to do some self-examination and see what might be better with a different outlook for the future.
Perhaps this year, as St. Ignatius of Loyola instructs us, we can involve God in the decision-making process. Is what we are changing going to benefit our relationship with God or others? Is it self-serving? Did I reflect on the decision, or just merely reenact some older one?
Well, not to pour cold water on some great new initiative you may have started for the year; but it is worth recalling the only thing God wants from us is to be closer to Him. Seems rather simple when we consider it in those terms.
A Happy and Blessed New Year to you.