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A Deep Preparation for the Liturgical New Year

When January 1 rolls around, there’s a lot of talk about New Year’s resolutions—and I know that there are a lot of thoughts and feelings about them (some good, some bad, I hear you).

I’ve seen a lot of people try out a dietary change for the first month of the year, others who have done a no-spend month, and some who try to wake up just a little earlier each day to get into a better routine. In any case, it seems like the New Year gives a lot of us a little more motivation to try something that we think will make our lives better. We are desperate for a fresh start.

That’s how we can look at next Sunday and next week. It’ll be the start of the Liturgical New Year. So it’s basically a Catholic New Year’s Eve! And what came to mind during today’s readings is a similar message to one we’re going to hear a lot of during Advent: that we need to prepare.

We need to prepare our hearts and minds for Him—and yes, for the end times—whenever that might be. We can’t count on it not happening in our lifetime. We can’t take time for granted, thinking that we can live a life more fully on fire for Christ in a few years, but not quite today.

Jesus is going to come to us—we celebrate His first coming at Christmas and prepare for it during Advent, but we also have to keep thinking about His second coming and preparing for that, too. So let’s take the time to think of a few Catholic New Year’s Resolutions we can do that will help us prepare for that.

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Annie Deddens is a writer and producer. She runs a prayer ministry with her husband, called Pray More Novenas. She has a heart for the sick & suffering, and she writes about living with greater faith (hope & love, too) in this imperfect world as a Catholic wife. You can find out more about her here.

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    Jean-Paul Marie Justin
    November 26, 2019 at 3:01 pm

    For Mom’s the new year = back to school! ( just look at what month the Blessed is She planner starts – insert smiley face)
    Eventually, as the nest empties the secular calendar year comes to the foreground and it is the seasonal celebrations Thanksgiving – Christmas – New Years with a heavy emphasis on the shopping cycle of season.
    In these elder years though, the Liturgical Calendar moved to the foreground with an emphasis on the Carthusian Hermitage awareness of time. The Exultation of the Cross (Sept. 14th) begins a great fast that will last thru to Triduum so that the celebrations are vivid. The fellowship of Saints a plenty during October, remembrance thru November with a deep detailed preparation for Advent that holds it in the foreground unshaken by the already of “after” Christmas sales. And so it came to be that I began making my own calendar of seasons that allowed for a larger celebration of those days that lend themselves to at home retreats and became a more frequent setting out into the deep for a catch. The ‘day planner’ gradually becomes an horarium and over years a rule of life grows organically from simple dailyness now truly free and unencumbered — to cherish The Eucharist as Source and Summit.
    Be patient dear young ones there is much to celebrate when you reach that distant horizon. There are these liberating surprises that accompany the gray hairs and soft waistlines. Be patient. It will come soon enough.

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    Mary
    November 26, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Thank you, Annie. One statement you made really struck me: “We can’t take time for granted, thinking that we can live a life more fully on fire for Christ in a few years, but not quite today.” Today is the day. If not now, when? Tomorrow? next year? In five years? When it is too late? Christ calls us to discipleship now. Come, follow me, He says. He doesn’t say to follow Him in a few years. He asks us to come and follow Him. He invites us to come and follow Him now. I am the one who chooses to follow Him now, or later, or not at all. May I chose each day to follow Him with my whole heart and not live with regret.

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