Happy New Year! (and a resolution)

possum drop

In Andrews, NC, far western WNC, we have a possum drop. He’s not actually thrown off a cliff or anything, just lowered on a comfortable platform with a fruit buffet and, as the paper reported, a variety of sleeping options. He’s given a medical review before and after. PETA (People Eating Tasty Animals) were pretty up-front with their objections, perhaps because there weren’t enough road-kill possum pies for sale. Dunno. No one seems to know who Guy Lombardo is in these parts.

When I was a seminarian in Rome, I would make my way to the Major Basilica of Saint Mary in Rome and go through the Te Deum with Pope Saint John Paul II in thanksgiving for the blessings of the past year as the way before God to launch into the New Year.

My resolution this year is to have no resolutions. Goals are counterproductive as they are what you imagine where you are right now. Goals actually put you into reverse. Walking in Jesus’ presence aided by my guardian angel in the present moment is the way to say thanks for the blessings of the past and the way to launch into whatever comes by way of divine providence.


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5 responses to “Happy New Year! (and a resolution)

  1. nancyv

    Happy New Year Father and friends! I know who Guy Lombardo was but I didn’t know what Auld Lang Syne meant, so I looked it up (Scottish, old times past), so learned something new or old or however you look at it. Ever ancient, ever new…I like your non-resolution…into whatever comes by way of Divine Providence!

  2. Frances

    Happy and blessed 2019, Father.

  3. Mary E.

    I never make resolutions either but it never occurred to me to treat that a resolution in itself. “My resolution is to make no resolutions!” Thanks, Father! Leave it to you to figure that out. Now, I *do* take opportunities on January 1st to practice good habits that I want to instill into my daily routine, such as more exercise (I took a good long walk after Mass this morning), listening to the voice of my guardian angel (who encouraged me to sing the Hosanna with enthusiasm), and when I am home during the day, using up leftovers for lunch (pretty tasty!).

    Happy New Year to you and fellow readers of “Arise! Let Us Be Going!”

  4. Gina Nakagawa

    I resolve to use 2019 to give the Good Lord a reason to say, on New Year’s Eve, “You know, she’s not half bad.” Happy New Year, Father. May the Good Lord bless you and keep you in all your ways and all your days

  5. sanfelipe007

    Happy New Year, Father!

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