Now is the time we look back on the closing year and, as always, we remark on how quickly the year has flown by! It seems fitting to celebrate those occasions in which we have laughed, but also to reflect and remember those times which have challenged us, however those challenges have presented themselves. We are another year older and let’s hope a whole lot wiser.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Words of comfort.
What can we do about the past? At the very least we can forgive those who have hurt us, and we can pray for them, then pray for mercy for ourselves because of our own failings. But we are to do this with a peaceful heart. What can we do about the now? Live it the best you can, making time to talk to God and listen for His answer and respond swiftly. What can we do about the future? Put our hope and trust in God, because that is what He has asked us to do in Christ Jesus His Son, Why should we struggle with this? Because we are human and therefore we are frail. But we should not be discouraged by this or anything that is happening in the world. We too have the power to overcome, and that is by using our rosary beads, otherwise known as the “battle beads”, and help make the changes that are urgently needed. Heaven is listening.
I am always looking for new recipes; this is one. If you follow the instructions to the letter, this will make an amazing new year. Enjoy!
“Recipe for a Happy New Year
Take twelve fine, full-grown months; see that these are thoroughly free from old memories of bitterness, cleanse them completely from every clinging pain; pick off all specks of pettiness and littleness; in short, see that these months are freed from all the past – have them fresh and clean as when they first came from the great storehouse of Time.
Cut these months into thirty or thirty-one equal parts. Do not attempt to make up the whole batch at one time (so many persons spoil the entire lot this way) but prepare one day at a time.
Into each day put equal parts of faith, patience, courage, work, hope, fidelity, liberality, kindness, rest (leaving this out is like leaving the oil out of the salad dressing – don’t do it), prayer, meditation, and one well-selected resolution.
Put in about one teaspoonful of good spirits, a dash of fun, a pinch of folly, a sprinkling of play, and a heaping cupful of good humour.
God bless and a Blessed New Year
Sister Jane Louise
(from the Walsingham Newsletter, Christmas 2015)