Let me wish you and your loved ones God’s choicest blessings as we usher in the New Year. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His hand and may you never feel alone! Just as I have prayed for you at Christmas, I will remember you and your intentions at all my Masses on the Solemnity of the Mother of God. Please keep the parish and all our parishioners in your prayers.
Let us also pray for peace in our world. The year 2016 was a violent year both for the world and for our city. May our merciful God grant us true peace and convert the hearts of our enemies! May terrorism vanish from our planet, and love and harmony flourish! May our brothers and sisters recognize the absurdity of violence and hate, and follow the peaceful path of Jesus!
Christmas is about new beginnings. With the birth of Christ, God opened a new era for humanity that, left to its own devices, could not disentangle itself from its sinfulness. The Christ Child brought us hope that we will be given the power to become God’s children. All our sins will be washed away and we will be given the pledge of eternal life.
No matter how 2016 panned out for you, realize that God wants us to be hopeful. As long as we rely solely on our resources, we can easily become discouraged. Knowing that God is in control and that He will orchestrate everything for our maximum benefit, we can look forward to 2017 with hope and optimism. My prayer for all of us is that through the whole New Year we will be able to carry with us the hope that Christ brought.
Let me conclude by wishing you an abundance of good things, and a bounty of God’s special graces. Borrowing the words of some unknown author, I would like to wish you the following:
May you get a clean bill of health from your dentist, your cardiologist, your gastro-entomologist, your urologist, your proctologist, your podiatrist, your psychiatrist, your plumber and the IRS!
May your hair, your teeth, your face-lift, your abs and your stocks not fall; and may your blood pressure, your triglycerides, your cholesterol, your white blood count and your mortgage interest not rise!
May you find a way to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the rush hour in less than an hour, and when you get there may you find a parking spot!
May what you see in the mirror delight you and what others see in you delight them!
May someone love you enough to forgive your faults, be blind to your blemishes, and tell the world about your virtues!
May the telemarketers wait to make their sales calls until you finish dinner, and may your check book and your budget balance, and may they include generous amounts for charity!
May you remember to say "I Love You" at least once a day to your spouse, your child, your parent; and to your friends!
And may we live in a world at peace and the awareness of God's love in every sunset, every flower's unfolding petals, every baby's smile, every lover's kiss, and every wonderful, astonishing, miraculous beat of our heart!
Thanks for who you are and for what you bring to our community of St Paul’s! Let us look forward to a great year.
Born in India to deeply-committed Catholic parents, Fr Britto is one of seven children. He joined the Salesians of Don Bosco as a young man and was ordained a priest in 1981.
After he completed his priestly formation and his early education in India, he came to the US for his graduate degree in Journalism at...Read more...