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Happy New Year’s!

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Here’s to a Year of Blessings…

Let’s welcome 2012 with hope and trust in God’s will for our lives:

“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11 NAB

For many people, 2011 was a difficult year.  It was full of trials and tribulations.  Hopefully, for those people, 2012 will be a year full of abundant blessings and joy.  For others, 2011 was a fantastic year, and my hope is that God will continue to bring blessings your way.  But, for most of us, 2011 was a year that brought both blessings and trials, and I pray that God will continue to carry you through the tough times and shower you with even more blessings.

When we face trials, we must turn to Him, with all of our heart, in prayer.  With the Lord’s help, there is no obstacle that we cannot overcome.  Meanwhile, when our life brings blessings, we should continue to turn to Him in prayer, but this time with prayers of thanksgiving.  In all things, prayer and communication with our God is essential.

“When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the LORD, and I will change your lot…” -Jeremiah 29:12-14

Finally, each year, everyone comes up with a New Year’s resolution, and it can be one of the hardest things to accomplish.  The more challenging it is, the more of an impact it will have on our lives.  Well, if you are still searching for a resolution, how about this one – make the sacraments a regular part of your life. Look at Mass as something to look forward to – not an obligation.  Attend Confession whenever you feel burdened.  Renew your Baptism and Confirmation daily by acting out your faith.  Renew your sacramental marriage vows with the love and respect you show your spouse.

May 2012 be even better than 2011.  May the Lord bless you in the coming year and help you shed the obstacles that burdened you in 2011.  The past is the past; let’s focus on the future.  Here’s to a very blessed New Year!

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