Already the New Year is here, with the end of year festivities having gone in a blur. So grateful for the gifts of family, friends, fulfilling work, and for the great fortune of living in peaceful surroundings. Our thoughts turn to those who suffered injury, loss of life and loss of loved ones to the violence of terrorism this year. We pray for peace for all God's children throughout the world in the coming year.
Mother, I commend and entrust to you all that goes to
make up earthly progress, asking that it should notbe one-sided,
but that it should create conditions for the full spiritual
advancement of individuals, families, communities, and nations.
I commend to you the poor, the suffering, the sick and the
handicapped, the aging, and the dying. I ask you to reconcile
those in sin, to heal those in pain, and to uplift those who
have lost their hope and joy. Show to those who struggle
in doubt the light of Christ your Son. Amen.
-Pope John Paul II