A Blessed New Year!

A blessed New Year!

Let me catch you while the year is still fresh to suggest a couple resolutions.

There are a few promises we can make for 2012, during these first days of the first week of the New Year, about the first things in life.

Number one:  first thing, every day, is a morning offering.  Our first thought daily is of the Lord.  We wake-up because of Him; we got through the night because of Him; we’ll make-it through this new day only because of His grace and mercy.  No wonder, then, that, as soon as we awake, we think of Him in prayer:  we tell Him we love Him, we need Him, we thank Him, we trust Him, and we offer the new day to Him in a morning offering.

Number two:  first day, every week, is Sunday Mass.  It’s the Lord’s Day, our sabbath, the day of His resurrection.  We catch our breath from the just concluded week and place the coming week in His providential hands.  No better way to do that than in joining our spiritual family, the Church, in the most sacred Sunday meal of all, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, first thing, first day of the week, on Sunday.

Number three:  First Friday, every month, we approach the sacrament of penance.  Remember the beautiful custom of First Friday?  It’s a long shot, but I wish it could be revived.  Jesus died on the cross to save us on a Friday.  The first Friday of every month we tell Him we’re sorry for our sins, and ask the mercy of His most Sacred Heart, with a good confession.  Not bad . . .

We have a God of newness; we have a God always eager to give us a fresh start.

Everyday, first thing, a morning offering;

Every week, first day, Sunday Mass;

Every month, first Friday, confession.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God. . . .”

A blessed New Year!

13 Responses to “A Blessed New Year!”

  1. Carla Sztyber says:

    Thank you for these beautiful reminders Archbishop!

  2. God bless you Mons. Dolan for the messages on this blog.

    I’m sure you have many spanish speaking catholics in your Archdiocese.

    Perhaps there exists a spanish translation, I’m not aware of it.

    Is there doesn’t exist one could you please provide one?

    Thank you

    Gerard Müller msc
    Missionary of the Sacred Heart in Peru

  3. Larry says:

    “It’s a long shot, but I wish it could be revived.” You WISH it could be revived? It is we laymen who might “wish” for this or that. You on the other hand are a bishop and diocesan ordinary. You could do far more than just “wish” for its revival, Excellence. You could mandate the observance at least for Catholic school children. You could also order every priest in the Archdiocese to hear confessions on the First Friday of every month, as well as the regular weekly day/time. Do priests in New York normally hear on Fridays? If so, they’re unusual in my experience. Here in the Archdiocese of Chicago, for example, the only Church I’m aware of that hears on Fridays also hears most every other day of the week as well (I’m not sure about Sundays,) and that’s because it’s downtown, serving the commuters. Let’s have some firm leadership here, not just wishing and hoping.

  4. Amen! The First Friday’s and First Saturday devotions are powerful! Please keep speaking of them.

  5. jeanniiie says:

    Dios los bendiga a Mons. Dolan para los mensajes en este blog.

    Estoy seguro de que ustedes tienen muchos los católicos que hablaban español en vuestra archidiócesis.

    Quizás existe una traducción al español, no soy consciente de ello.

    Es no existe uno por favor, ¿podría proporcionar uno?

    Muchas Gracias

    Gerard müller msc
    Misioneros del Sagrado Corazón en Perú
    Gerardo, taducciones plenamente existen en web mundial.

  6. Karen fromm says:

    Simple, beautiful plan for the year 2012. Thank you and God Bless you!

  7. Here is my attempt at trying to keep both the intent and rhythmic of His Eminence’s Call in Spanish…A first attempt for your use…

    Cada día, en primer lugar, un ofrecimiento matinal;

    Cada dos semanas, el primer día, misa dominical;

    Cada mes, primer viernes, la confesión.

    “Buscad a usted, primer Reino de Dios. . . . “

  8. Great article on the blog: “The Catholic Thing” today

    http://www.thecatholicthing.org/

    You should read it

    Desiderata for 2012

    By Fr. C. John McCloskey III
    WEDNESDAY, 04 JANUARY 2012

    Way back in 1989 (my, how the years fly by), I wrote an article for the Christmas edition of the old Crisis magazine entitled “Good Guys Finish First: Ten Reasons to Smile This Christmas.” Over two decades later, I remain bullish on the Catholic Church in America for the New Year of 2012, especially if the year includes persecution and further societal decline.
    That’s because the Church flourishes in bad times. Why? Because it is the answer to humanity’s problems, which are in their roots moral. No country can flourish or perhaps even survive if it kills its babies, indulges in pornography as its favorite entertainment, and neglects to protect the institution of marriage.
    But, “bullish” as I am, my optimism needs some elaboration. The good news for the Church in America and, indeed, in the world is that the sequential pontificates of Blessed John Paul and Pope Benedict have dealt a death blow to the Long Purgatory afflicting the Church from the close of Vatican II.
    In another piece written some years ago, I suggested 2030 as the target year for a generally healthy Church running on all spiritual cylinders in our country. I projected this recovery because the authentic teaching of the Second Vatican Council is gradually being revealed, enforced, and practiced.
    Bl. John Paul saw a “new spring time for the Church” and a new civilization of love and truth in the new millennium. Pope Benedict on the other hand has posited “a small creative minority” of members of the Church, at least in Europe and what was known as the West. Which prophetic view will be correct (or whether in fact they are both aspects of the same reality) will become apparent in the decades ahead.
    So what does the Church in the United States need right now, in 2012? Here are some suggestions, in no particular order:
    1. Large numbers of new priests who will celebrate the Holy Mass reverently, spend hours in the confessional, preach the evangelizing and life-giving truth to the faithful, and strive in their prayer and ascetical life to imitate the Holy Cure of Ars.

    2. Thousands of men and women religious who will bear witness to the eschatological life by their poverty, chastity, and obedience and – by the habits they wear in public – will give glory to God and attract additional vocations. This includes those in monasteries who spend their lives in prayer.

    3. More bishops who put their interior and ascetical life before anything else (including meetings and dinners), so that they can be true spiritual fathers to their priests, shepherds to their flocks, and examples of holiness and sound preaching. These bishops should also be willing to firmly discipline those Catholics-in-name-only, who operate in the public square and give scandal to the faithful and our fellow citizens.

    4. A laity that takes seriously Vatican II’s universal call to holiness and evangelization through their family lives, friendships, and presence in workplaces and public affairs. The local parish is very much in last place. It exists to provide opportunity for worship and reception of the sacraments, Catholic formation and catechetical education. Ideally it should be a launching pad to change the world, not a place to hide from it.

    5. Truly Catholic colleges and universities. In fact, I hope by this time next year that they all qualify for favorable mention in the list of Catholic colleges maintained by the Cardinal Newman Society, even if their average SAT scores and college athletic rankings decline. (As it happens, the Angelic Doctor does not mention these in his Summa theologiae as necessary for salvation.)

    6. A Catholic laity prepared to be confessors and/or martyrs for the faith in the decades ahead in our country. Ah, you say, it can’t happen here! I reply: You bet it can! For the vast majority of us it would be the quickest if not the most comfortable route to canonization. The best way, however, is to live your family, professional, and spiritual lives so faithfully and attractively that the many hundreds of people you know are drawn to wonder what you have that they don’t, and then to receive from you the reply, “I am a Catholic.” That should generate the response, “How can I become one too?” And then you can bring them to Christ and his Church through your local parish. That is how the Church spread from 64 to 312 A.D. among the first Christians, who exercised a one-to-one, family-to-family apostolate to the pagans around them, and gradually converted the Empire. It is due to their perseverance that we are here.

    7. As long as we are wishing boldly, a newly elected, well-formed devout Catholic president would help, as would Catholic voters, judges, and legislators who strive to live both their public and private lives according to the moral and social teaching of the Church. If that were to happen . . . well, we might find ourselves in a truly exceptional country of citizens attempting to order their lives according to the natural law and divine revelation, and respecting human dignity from conception until natural death. We might, in fact, become what our American founders intended, “a shining city on a hill.”
    Happy New Year!

    Fr. C. J McCloskey III is a Research Fellow at the Faith and Reason Institute in Washington, DC.

  9. Marie Teresa says:

    Archbishop Dolan, thank you for strongly defending the Faith!

    I would love to go to Confession weekly. Alas, no confessions are scheduled in our parish. Hunting down our priest before/after Mass doesn’t fit with his busy schedule. He always says, “yes,” but then literally runs to the car because I’ve made him late. Making an appointment yields the same result. My confessions are short. I’m not seeking counselling – just Absolution.

    There are also very few weekday Masses in our mid-Atlantic diocese. Being a daily communicant is impossible for most of us.

    My earnest request is that you will lead your brother bishops who will in turn lead our priests to make Mass available for their parishioners every day and to have a scheduled time for Confession.

    Thank you – I hope you actually receive this note. And I will pray a novena for you!

  10. Angelo says:

    Eccellenza,

    auguri per la sua nomina a cardinale di Santa Romana Chiesa.

    Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!

    Angelo

  11. Paul says:

    Congratulation, Card. Dolan !

  12. Paolo says:

    Congratulations, His eminence!

  13. Donna Paulk says:

    Archbishop Dolan,
    I can’t wait to call you Cardinal Dolan. Thank you for everything. I love your show on Sirrus radio. I do wish it were a podcast so we could catch up on the ones we missed. I am so sorry for some people who write to you without respect as I have read. You are the inspiration our new young Priests need to help them lead our Church. May God Bless you and all your efforts.
    Sincerely,
    Donna