December 31, 2015
"With the present Jubilee of Mercy I want to invite the Church to pray and work so that every Christian will have a humble and compassionate heart, one capable of proclaiming and witnessing to mercy. It is my hope that all of us will learn to 'forgive and give,' to become more open "to those living on the outermost fringes of society - fringes which modern society itself creates," and to refuse to fall into "a humiliating indifference or a monotonous routine which prevents us from discovering what is new!" - Pope Francis, Message for the World Day of Peace 2016
No matter how late you may stay out celebrating New Year’s Eve, remember that January 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation, the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.
As the New Year begins, look at Mary as a model for renewed Christian life: in her openness to the Holy Spirit, her radical assent to God’s will for her life, her patience through suffering, and her willingness to bring the Savior into the world. Those are all qualities that would make any of us better people in the coming year.
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Prayer of Peace for this New Year
(Saint Francis of Assisi)
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow charity;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; and
Where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life. Amen.