We embrace this 2016 by joining hands with an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. How God loves us and tirelessly showers us with His Divine Mercy and with His grace and blessings! We mark this New Year by celebrating the Solemnity of the Mother of God, the Theotokos, which means “God’s Bearer.” Mother Mary was “full of grace” and no one has penetrated the profound mystery of the Incarnation like Mary. Therefore, throughout this year, we can feel her joy of God’s tenderness and merciful eyes towards us.
What does it mean to welcome the New Year? It does not consist only in having a new calendar and changing the dates but to grow in God-given responsibility in our partnership with Him being single-minded, wholehearted and generous! Our sense of responsibility should not allow us, in this New Year, to be absent from our primary responsibilities and absent from spiritual, community and mission activities. It is sad to hear that “there is no fuel” in the ministry and that one is lethargic in service, uninspiring in animation, and spiritless in religious commitment. “Be renewed in the spirit of your minds!” (Ephesians 4,23).
In 2016, God is very generous with us and draws from what is best in us, therefore let us face the challenges and never lose heart. We are all undergoing an environmental crisis so let us be conscious about fresh water and care for agriculture and industry.
In this New Year, I would like to share with you 10 powerful life lessons from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, one of the bestselling books in history.
- Fear is a bigger obstacle than the obstacle itself
- What is “true” will always endure
- Break the monotony
- Embrace the present
- Your success has a ripple-effect
- Make the decision
- Be unrealistic
- Keep getting back up
- Focus on your own journey
- Always take action
Fr. Soosai Rathinam