'For a son of God each day should be an opportunity for renewal, knowing for sure that with the help of grace he will reach the end of the road, which is Love. That is why if you begin and begin again, you are doing well. If you have a will to win, if you struggle, then with God's help you will conquer. There will be no difficulty you cannot overcome.' (St. Jose Maria Escriva, The Forge, 344)
"New Years Eve is a great existential moment, ripe with expectations. It invites a spiritually cathartic time of reflection, offers hope for change and invites us to make choices. In reality, it is our choices which will make us. Over the years I have realized that every end really can become a beginning, for the man or woman who has faith in the God who invites us to begin again, again and again...
We all want to change as we end one year and look to a new one. In a rare moment of near universal reflection and honest self assessment, we admit our failures. We pledge to learn from them and move toward a better future.
On this New Year's eve, I pray that in the Year of Our Lord, 2011, we may all find the fullness of grace which comes through a living relationship with the One who makes all things new (Rev 21), Jesus Christ. There is a universal longing in every human heart to be made new, to begin again. In and through Jesus Christ, there is also a way. How deeply we want to be made new. There is Good News! We truly can! St. Paul reminded the Christians in the City of Corinth - and reminds every one of us "whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come." (2 Cor. 5:17)"
Happy New Year!