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Starting Fresh

Posted on: December 11, 2014

I’m not a huge fan of spending the better part of an hour clearing away snow right after breakfast. But I have a bulldog who won’t venture down the deck stairs if I don’t clear a good path, and so I can’t just clear the driveway.

In any case, I’ve always loved the way a fresh snowfall makes everything seem like a blank canvas, clean and new.

snowy park

The view from my living room today…

Kind of like the way a new year feels like a fresh start.

We’ve begun a new liturgical year with the start of Advent, and a new calendar year is just around the corner, hard as that might be to believe.

It’s the perfect time to look back at whether we achieved our goals, realized our dreams, or made changes for the better and to look forward to where we’d like to be one year from now. And that includes reflecting on our faith life.

Is this the year we learn more about what’s really in the Catechism or make a point of reading about the lives of the saints? The year we step into a new ministry role by becoming a lector or leading a sacramental preparation team? The year we try praying the rosary or take a class in Christian meditation? The year we make a pilgrimage to a holy site?

The year we spend more time actually living out our faith instead of talking about our plans for living out our faith?

Part of our Christmas preparations could include making the time to attend a reconciliation service and to ask God’s guidance about whether we’re following his plan for our lives or whether we need to make some course corrections.

I pray that, during this busy season, we would find moments for time in God’s presence as well as quiet reflection on the year nearly over and the one soon to begin.

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1 Response to "Starting Fresh"

Not only should we lol for moments, but we need to keep on mmd that He is in us; therefore we are in His presence at all times. An allegory to think on. If He is the living water than we are the fish. Just like the fish is in the water and the water flows through the fish we are in His presence and He is in is. Thus, we need to communicate with him through the spirit, mind and verbally at all times. Be blessed.

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(Y)ou do not know about tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and we shall do this or that.” ~ James 4:14-15

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