Matter of Faith: Another New Year


From: Mary Zimmerman

Happy New Year! Everyone I spoke to said this year went by so fast; actually, they all do. Seriously, it doesn’t seem that long ago we were contemplating the turn of the century. Now all we have is memories — some good, some not so good.

What God remembers most is our works of mercy, which leave us with good feelings, as well. Maybe we don’t need that new coat, car, house, or cheesecake while children are starving.

God no longer remembers our sins as long as we’ve confessed them and are sorry. What a good and merciful God we have! If everyone could only realize that, then our church would overflow.

You take nothing with you on the flight to your eternal home, but what a great joy you will feel as you are leaving this world forever to let your mind review the times you fed the hungry, clothed the naked, helped the homeless, etc. Let these words come forth: Jesus, I trust in you.

Wouldn’t it be interesting if we could somehow take a picture of our past life and then be able to do better the next time around? No matter how we may try we can’t go back. Thanks be to God we can always start over upon reconciliation. God hasn’t given up on you and you must not give up on yourself. Life hasn’t gone the way I thought it would for us since Jim retired from trucking; of course I was thinking how nice it would be to go to daily mass. Well, Jim’s major stroke took care of that. Now I have surrendered to what I believe is God’s will for us at this time: to be at an assisted living facility as He gives me the patience to loving take care of my husband (well, most of the time). Besides that, I can work on my mission of encouraging prayer for the poor souls by giving out St. Gertrude prayer cards; sharing with others the messages to Edson Glauber and his mother in Brazil from the three Sacred Hearts, Jesus, Mary and Joseph (I have pamphlets on that and a book containing the messages); and, of course, endlessly sharing the Divine Mercy Devotion. I’m already making plans for Mercy Sunday.

In ending, I ask you not to be too concerned over the fact another year is gone. Just live, laugh, love, and find happiness in the New Year.

A New Year prayer

God of our yesterdays, our today, and our tomorrows.

We praise You for Your unequaled greatness.

Thank you for the year behind us and for the year ahead.

Help us in Your new year, Father, to fret less and laugh more. To teach our children to laugh by laughing with them. To teach others to love by loving them. Knowing, when love came to the stable in Bethlehem, He came for us. So that love could be with us, and we could know You. That we could share love with others. Thank you for another New Year and for new chances every day. We pray for peace, for light, and for hope, that we might spread them to others.

Forgive us for falling short this past year.

We accept Your gift of a new year and we rejoice in what’s ahead, depending on You to help us do exactly what You want. We rejoice!


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