Thursday, January 7, 2021

Happy New Year!

Written by  David Polzen


2020 is now in the history books and we welcome 2021.  Tradition has it that one makes resolutions for the new year.  Well, to be honest, I have never really put too much into such.  Usually during the time between Christmas and New Years I ponder things and attempt to develop some form of a resolution for the new year, but with the usual family gatherings and activities that take place in that time period of Christmas and New Years I usually don’t have the opportunity to put too much time and/or effort into the resolution development.  It usually is a brief amount of reflection and some quick thoughts about possible resolution items and that is pretty much as far as it gets.   This year was different though.  The time between Christmas and New Years allowed for ample reflection time…maybe too much reflection time.

You see this year, the ample time to ponder, allowed me to dwell on and delve in much more than usual – all the regrets, frustrations, festering wounds of people’s words and actions, disappointments, losses, hurts, struggles, the times I gave it my all, and more, and it just did not measure up for others, (sometimes your best is just not good enough), all manifested themselves strongly causing heart ache, anxiety, sorrow, head ache and deep questions on God’s will.  It was quite a time to say the least.  These events cast a dark shadow over the multitude of blessings, joys, and great grand moments that were also a part of the year and should have taken a priority in my reflection and pondering.  But it is what it is. 

So with all of this pondering on things of the past, an appropriate resolution did not come naturally.  All of this had to be taken to God in a more serious and direct manner.  It will be with God’s healing loving light shining brightly upon the shadows and darkness of my ponderings that will bring peace to this whole venture.  Slowly it emerged that what is done is done.  You’ve done your best.  You cannot change one moment of the past.  It is just like driving a car.  If you drive only using your rear view mirror, you only see where you have been or you are constantly driving backwards.  Well, that does not work with life, you have to look out the front windshield and see where you are going, what lies ahead, with glimpses in the rear view mirror to help learn from history and hold on to the pleasant memories.   

It is God’s light that brings the healing of those events in our life that need healing and dwell in the shadows and dark places of our inner being.  This healing does not mean that it removes the wounds, for those wounds change to scars and those scars, I believe will remain with us.  This healing light does not change the event, but shines brightly upon it, to allow us to gain a new perspective of the event.  This light then shines on those blessings and joyful events as well, enhancing them, nourishing us with joy and peace.  With that taking place, my soul gave a sigh of relief, and a resolution came to mind. 

Amongst the many blessings of the year, the Pope’s announcement declaring this upcoming year as the year of St Joseph resonated within my whole being.  The announcement gave me great delight and awe.  I have always seemed to have a profound fondness, appreciation, respect, and love for St Joseph.  As I move into 2021, I resolve to enhance my connection and build my relationship with St Joseph.  Pope Francis presented a prayer at the end of his apostolic letter Patris corde (“With a Father’s Heart”) which I will do my best to add to my daily prayers:

Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage,
and defend us from every evil. Amen.

May your 2021, and mine too, be grace filled; a year of much joy, peace, and many blessings.

St Joseph, pray for us.   

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