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Renewal in Radiance: Embracing Hope and Forgiveness in the New Year

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

-2 Corinthians 5:17

As we bid farewell to the trials and tribulations of 2023, a year marked by the challenges posed by disunity in our country as well as division even within our Church, especially with the latest declaration, “Fiducia supplicans” we eagerly anticipate the dawning of a new year—a fresh beginning infused with hope. Let us recall the words of Isaiah, “But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Our hearts long to radiate the love of Christ, to share that love with those around us, and to collectively navigate through these trying times that currently seem to be a never-ending saga.

In the difficulties of the past year, some of us bear wounds that run deep. Forgiving those who have caused us pain or harmed our loved ones is a formidable task. Yet, as I receive Holy Communion while kneeling at the altar rail each day at Mass, I am reminded that God, in His boundless love, gave His only Son for our salvation. Jesus forgives us for our sins that put Him on the Cross, even…



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