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- 2024 -

Disposition for Good Beginning of the Year

These words of the Psalmist at the Mass this morning were striking, “Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. Blessed the people who know the joyful shout; in the light of your countenance, O LORD, they walk. At your name they rejoice all the day,”

What if somewhere decides after reading this to have this disposition all the days of this year. I have no doubt that the person will have a great turnaround before God and human beings at the end of this 2024. In the past, many use to talk about New Year’s resolutions. As I behold persons today in different places, there seem to be exhausted approach to life. Let us remember always that life is still precious and beautiful. We have many things to be thankful. I was listening to a lady narrate what happened to her, and her resolution impacted me as well. She was in the hospital and had to use the oxygen mask for some time. When she recovered, the charge in her hospital bill for oxygen astounded her. She mentioned that she began to be more thankful to God for all that she has been using with no consciousness of gratitude. Be grateful also to persons around you.

How many persons warm themselves under the sun and forget that the cost of solar panel and energy inverter is not commonly affordable? How many enjoy fresh air and forget that oxygen is costly. In this year, and always, “Let all who have breadth praise the Lord!” (Ps.150:6.) And do it every day please; you will experience a significant turnaround in your relationship with God and human beings, you will no longer feel isolated, persons will be drawn towards you. I make this promise trusting the Lord God almighty, Who makes things happen, not by myself, an ant, before His Majesty. In the same spirit I beg that my previous testimonies be received; I dread that anyone’s attention be focused on a minute tool used than the Lord Himself without Whom the tool is useless.

2nd Resolution: These words of the Lauds (morning prayer of today 1/12/24) also struck my heart, and they can become someone’s New Year’s resolution, “Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. And do not make God’s Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God’s mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free. Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ” (Eph.4:29:32.)Fr. Ignatius of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (cmdorg.org) TMTJ

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