Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year!

The other day I was shopping and remembered I needed to purchase a new calendar for 2010.  I purchased my calendar, brought it home and proceeded to take down the old one and hang up the new. What to do with the old calendar?  I threw it away.  As I did this I realized there were 366 days on that calendar.  I threw it away.  Hung up the new one. Old days were over. Time is past. New days are coming and each one a gift from God.
New Years is  a time to look back on the year past and reflect on our lives and our actions, behavior and spirituality but it is also a time to look forward.  A new year is beginning. We are getting older and becoming more mature, hopefully. We should always be working toward becoming a better person, getting rid of old bad habits and adding new good habits.
As the year is turning reflecting on our relationship with God should be of importance. What can we do in the new year to draw closer to Him, to better serve Him, our neighbor and family. Who in our lives needs us or needs help or just an ear to listen to them, how we can better serve others, to be there for them, to pray for their needs.
Frequently around this time of year people get a feeling of hope, like the turning of the New Year could bring in goodness and that pain and suffering might be over. It's a time to feel positive and optimistic.
I really don't do well with New Year's resolutions. I usually forget them soon after the year begins  but I hope to be always growing and changing and becoming a better person, wife, mother, daughter, child of God.

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Dear Lord help us to educate our family for your glory.

"Since parents have conferred life on their children, they have a most solemn obligation to educate their offspring. Hence, parents must be acknowledged as the first and foremost educators of their children. Their role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it. For it devolves on parents to create a family atmosphere so animated with love and reverence for God and others that a well-rounded personal and social development will be fostered among children. Hence, the family is the first school of those social virtues which every society needs."--Gravissimum Educationis (one of the documents of the Second Vatican Council)

Helping and Loving Our Neighbor

Corporal works of Mercy
Feed the hungry

Give drink to the thirsty

Clothe the naked

Shelter the homeless

Visit the sick

Visit the imprisoned

Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy
Admonish the sinner

Instruct the ignorant

Counsel the doubtful

Comfort the sorrowful
Bear wrongs patiently

Forgive all injuries

Pray for the living and the dead

Good Samaritain