Wishes for a blessed 2008 - Catholic Courier
Matthew H. Clark Matthew H. Clark

Wishes for a blessed 2008

Recently, an editor of Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle included me among those she invited to submit for publication 150 words worth of resolutions for the New Year. She stressed in her invitation that the resolutions were to be personal in nature and not directly related to work.

I agreed to honor the request. It seemed a pleasant way to be in touch with the public; it also provided a chance to express gratitude to those in the media who help us to publicize matters that are of interest to us.

The resolutions I sent in were centered around a theme of stewardship — my desire to care for and use well the gifts God has entrusted to me. Under that rubric I talked about such things as good nutrition, appropriate rest and exercise to care for the body, reading to stimulate new ideas that broaden my horizons and, thus, feed the mind and relationships with family and friends which always nourish my spirit. I wrote my contribution in a lighthearted vein but I meant what I said, and would like to be faithful in pursuit of the goals I set forth in the piece. At the end of the effort, I was very grateful for the invitation because it helped me to focus in a relaxed but serious way on some things that are important to me.

I write about that experience now mindful that this “Along the Way” will be published on the last weekend of the year — just a day or two before we welcome in the New Year 2008. I hope that the year ahead will be an especially blessed and grace-filled one for you and your loved ones.

In addition to offering those good wishes, I want to express the hope that these days of transition will find you 1) remembering those experiences, events and relationships that made 2007 a memorable year for you; and, 2) placing before the Lord your own hopes and dreams for 2008.

The Democrat and Chronicle and, I think it’s fair to say, most print and electronic media in our region will help us to do both. We’ll be hearing and seeing a great number of recaps of the year’s main events. Some will be serious; some satirical; some genuinely comical. All will invite us to be in touch with our own story and help us to locate that story in the ever-unfolding story of the human family.

In terms of looking ahead, of dreams and resolutions for the New Year, I remind you that we are about to be buried in an avalanche of advertising that will tie into a natural desire to turn over a new leaf as we begin a New Year. For example, there is not a health spa, a weight-control program or an exercise machine in existence that will not be offered to those who want to take good care of the gift of their bodies.

Whatever your interest in that “new leaf,” I hope that you will be reasonable in what you ask of yourself, patient when you get off track or progress seems slow.

A blessed New Year to you.

Peace to all.

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