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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“Jesus Christ is not just a book. He was and is our brother, our Lord.”
Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said these words to me in Rome in Nov