On the New Year
St. Jane de Chantal
Time passes, the years come and go, and we come and go with them. Nevertheless, we must make a strong and absolute resolution that, if our Lord wills that we might enjoy this coming year, we will make a better use of this New Year than the many that have preceded it.
Let us walk with a new and lively spring in our step in the service of God and one another.
Let us renew our efforts to grow in our perfection.
It is easy to begin a New Year: it is not so easy to see it to completion.
It is not so easy to put our hands to the work that God expects of us during every day of this approaching year.
Let us begin another New Year in the name of our Lord. Let us resolve to do the best we can with what ever little we possess.
While God wants only what we can do, God clearly expects us to do what we can.
Let us do what is good and place our hope and confidence in God’s infinite compassion.
Based upon an exhortation by St. Jane de Chantal (1572-1641) given on the last Saturday of December,1629. St Jane was a close friend and collaborator with St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622)
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