Happy New Year

As I sat down to write this, the little Weather Bug thingy on my laptop started to chirp.  That means there’s some kind of watch or warning going on.  Would you believe we’re under a Tornado Watch in eastern Missouri?  I checked the radar and there’s a huge storm bearing down on Saint Louis.  We’re expecting a high today possibly in the lower 70s.  A week ago today we were buried in snow.  But, that’s Saint Louis weather.  The low tonight is expected to be near 30.  That’s a 40 degree drop.

But, that’s not what I wanted to talk about today.  It’s New Year’s Eve.  Out with the old.  In with the new.  Of course, that’s all psychological; just a mark on the calendar.  Tomorrow is still tomorrow even though it’s the first day of 2011.  Some of us will make “resolutions” that may or may not endure.  My lovely and talented wife works for a national weight loss chain.  Come Monday there will be long lines wanting to join.  Some will actually lose some weight.  Some won’t.

Likewise, some of us will make spiritual resolutions.  Pray more.  Go to confession.  Be kinder to my neighbors.  Again, some of us will be successful.  Some of us won’t.  But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.  As Matthew Kelly, the famous Catholic author and speaker says, God wants us to be the best version of ourselves.  He doesn’t want us to be a poor copy of someone else.  He wants us to be the best version of the creature He created.  Each of us is unique in our talents and gifts.  He didn’t create me to be a mediocre you and He didn’t create you to be a mediocre me.

So, as we enter this new set of 365 days, let’s resolve to appreciate what God’s given us and to make the best possible use of those gifts.  I highly reccomend that you get a copy of Kelly’s book, Rediscovering Roman Catholicism.  You can get a free copy from his web site.

To all of you and your loved ones, I wish you a very safe, holy, and

Happy New Year!

Update:  As I’m finishing this, the sirens are going off, meaning that the tornado watch has turned into a tornado warning.  I think I’ll go to the basement now.

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