2012 is here! If we look back on 2011 I think we can all say it was a busy year.
Most of us spent this last year preparing for the implementation of the New Roman Missal that we received on November 27th of 2011. Now that the Missal has been implemented and our Christmas preparation has come to an end, we can focus on the things that we may need to change in our personal lives or our ministries.
Some of us may feel that we have let our prayer lives go by the wayside and we need to become refocused on Christ in our daily prayer. If we are leading people in prayer, then we ourselves need to be people of prayer.
For others, maybe our organization needs to be re-examined as we begin this new year. I have said many times that it is so important for us as ministers to be organized in what we do. Obviously, we can’t always do this on our own, so we need to seek out people to help us. In my experience, putting an ad in the bulletin for an office helper has always done the trick. Finding someone to come in and pull music, file or even put it in books for your musicians can be an absolute lifesaver.
Another area we may need to refocus on in this new year is possibly mending some relationships that may be strained. Perhaps there is someone on our staff or in our ministry that we have hurt this year or even someone that has hurt us.
If we claim that we are a people of forgiveness then we need to practice it in our own lives. Seek out reconciliation in a positive way and be a peacemaker. It is so important that our new years resolutions not only be about keeping our bodies healthy, but our spirits as well.
The final resolution I would like to suggest is that we all plan ahead to make a retreat this year. Maybe it’s a silent retreat or even one of the men’s or women’s retreats that Life Teen offers. It is so important for us to take care of ourselves. Often times we look at our calendars and say that there’s not a good time to go on a retreat, but we must make the time to renew ourselves at least once a year.
May this new year be filled with many graces and blessings and may we celebrate this new year with radiant joy!