Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2022! A time for new beginnings, fresh starts, and of course, resolutions if they suit you. I believe in setting intentions or resolutions for the New Year for a number of reasons.

Let me share a few of them with you:

First, we all need change and the need for change can be difficult to admit to ourselves. There is great power in realization to ourselves, to God, and to others. Owning our mistakes is the first step on the road to something greater, and the liberation received from letting go of fear and negativity is empowering.

Second, when we change our calendars, it is a good time for reflection on the previous year. How did it go? Was it the way I wanted it to be? Do I need to do anything differently this year? This New Year presents opportunity to learn from our successes and failures and determine our course for the upcoming year. It is an excellent time to stop looking back and look forward instead. Never stop trying!

Third, the New Year is a time to rely more heavily on the grace of God. Trust in God’s strength and guidance and renew your faith, whatever it may be, in something that calls for all of us to work for the greater good. If this last year you didn’t rely on the Lord as much as you should have, there is no time like the present to make this a New Year’s resolution.

Finally, the New Year is a time to begin practicing self-care techniques that may have been neglected in the past. Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health should be carefully planned and practiced in 2022, to provide the best opportunities for success throughout our lives. So go ahead and take that walk, read that novel, increase your Mass attendance, and spend quality time with friends and family. Above all else, know that I am grateful for you, and wish you the best that 2022 has to offer. HAPPY NEW YEAR!