Most of us begin a new year with hope and a positive attitude. We take advantage of the new year to make resolutions and set goals for ourselves, perhaps goals we did not manage to accomplish during the year that just ended. I would like to propose to you that the most important goal and the one that will have by far the most impact in your life—for your happiness and that of many others—is to get closer to God. Nothing will fill you with more happiness than strengthening and deepening your relationship with Jesus Christ.
As with all goals that are truly worthwhile, we need concrete steps, or means, to accomplish the goal. Thus, if you want to have as your primary goal to grow in your love for God (and I hope you do), then consider the following practical means:
I promise that if you do these three things your relationship with God, the most important of all your relationships, will blossom this year. Give it a try; it’s worth it!
Finally, 2017 brings two significant anniversaries. This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation; a time of great turmoil that led to yet another split in the Church. During 2017 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Mary appearing in Fatima, Portugal. Both anniversaries have something in common: a call for all Catholics to truly embrace our Christian vocation as a vocation to holiness, carrying out Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations. Indeed, as the Second Vatican Council teaches, all Catholics by their Baptism are called to evangelize, carrying out a daring apostolate in and through their work; among their family and friends. May we take this teaching to heart! May God help us; and may his Mother help us!
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We are excited to invite you to join the Napa Institute for our first Virtual Conference, “Finding Hope in the New America.” While we won’t be able to share conversation or a bottle of wine with you this year in person, we invite you to fill your glasses at home and toast the hope we have in the Napa Institute Family and in our Faith. Join speakers such as Cardinal George Pell, Dr. Scott Hahn, Curtis Martin, and many more as they address issues ranging from socialism to how to answer our call to evangelization in a hostile world. In these unprecedented times in our nation, we must view all the critical issues through a Catholic lens, with great hope in Christ.
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