Happy New Year – 2018! 

The past few weeks have been quite a blur with all of the celebrations within the Church.  Making our way through the Advent Season, the celebration of Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family, Mary the Mother of God on January 1st and this weekend Epiphany!  A lot of reasons to celebrate and to give thanks to our Lord.

After all the festivities of families and friends, we get back to the daily routine of life.  Do we have to though?  What can we do to make this year different?  Every year on January 1st, people make some sort of resolution to do something “new”.  Usually it involves going to the gym, staying off the sweets – typically centered around our bodies.  Memberships at gyms always tend to go up in January, which probably is a good thing.  It is important to keep our temple working well.  Usually the difficulty comes with trying to stick to the regiment and not abandon the idea come February 1st!

What are some other ways to make 2018 different, better?  Taking care of our bodies is great, but we are people who are not simply “bodies” but also souls!  How can we work on strengthening and nourishing our soul for this calendar year?  There are many things we can do, but here are a few suggestions of my own:

  • Attend daily Mass once a week if you don’t already do so (8:30 am Monday-Saturday or 5:30 pm Wednesday). This is a great way to take time out of our day and give it to our Lord, but also to be fed through His Word and Eucharist.
  • Pray the Rosary (or part of it) once a week or even daily, allowing for reflection on the Mysteries of Christ.
  • Pick up a spiritual book from the bookstore and read it.
  • Subscribe to a religious affiliated magazine.
  • Pull out your Bible or go to the USCCB website and pray/read the daily Scriptures.
  • Volunteer once a month (or more) with any organization, school or association.
  • Sign-up to be a minister within the parish: Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Homebound Minister of the Eucharist, Lector, Server, Choir Member.

These are just a few ideas and there are many more that you might be willing to “take up”.  But honestly, do prayerfully consider how you might be able to make this new year different by building up your faith and, in doing so, strengthening your soul and love for Christ and His Church.  There are many great opportunities we have to grow in our faith; it is just a matter of committing to it and doing it.

May the Lord bless you and keep you!  May the Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!  May the Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!   Numbers 6: 24-26

 God Bless You…Fr. Young