The Year in Review
What did you learn about yourself this year? If it was a shortcoming, did you choose to make a change? If it was an attribute, how did you utilize it?
Did you encourage cooperation in your family? If you had no family, did you seek one or were you 'adopted' by one?
Did your parish community lose members this year? How? If through death, please pray for them today. If because of other reasons, can you be a reconciling force? If through relocation, why not drop them a note or e-note?
Did your parish community gain members this year? How? What did they see to draw them and make them stay? How did you - personally - reach out to them? Can you remember any names?
Were you active in a village, county, state, regional, national program to benefit those in need? Have you ever considered intentionally praying for those who are imprisoned?
Did you pray regularly? Who was included in your prayers?
Did you ever attempt to mediate an arguement, fight or disagreement?
Did you give to someone who could not possibly reciprocate? Were you ever kind in the face of jealousy, envy, anger, slander, gossip?
A periodic examination, of conscience or spiritual life, is a healthy practice. At least as healthy as a periodic physical exam. Healthy and productive.
The blue lights in the shrubbery in front of my home, the Holy Family with donkey, ox and sheep on the front lawn, and two single candles in the front windows of my home will all remain lit tonight and all day tomorrow. For a welcome, for a sign, for hope. When the ball drops in Times Square less than an hour from now I will be praying for all of you and thank God for the blessings brought to me by being able to interact with you here these last ten months.
I'd also love to hear from you. I posted the pieces that I received a response to.... what else would you like to see? Do you have a favorite brief devotional piece you'd like to share? Sermon? Liturgical drama? Music? Please drop me a line @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy New Year 2006, brothers and sisters everywhere! Let us bless the Lord!