Even though the Catholic Church year began on November 30, the first Sunday of Advent, we all live and work according to the secular calendar making this the last day of 2009. Some of us might say “good riddance”, and rightly so.
The New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day tradition in the US is to look back on “the year that was”. We’ll hear the best songs of 2009 on the radio and TV will bombard us with “best of” and “worst of” lists of every imaginable kind. Today and tomorrow might be a good time to compile our own “best” and “worst” lists for 2009. Then we can make our plans for the new year.
How can we avoid the “worsts” in 2010 and how can we improve on the “bests”? It’s certainly a worthwhile exercise as long as we remember one thing. The first step of any improvement plan is to include God in the planning and in the execution. No matter how many lists we make, or how many self-help books we read, if God isn’t included we’re unlikely to succeed.
So, to you and yours, a heartfelt prayer that 2010 may be the best year of your life to be followed by many more that are even better. See you next year!