This letter comes with prayers and blessings for a Happy and Healthy New Year for you and for those you love. On New Year’s Day, we will celebrate the Feast Day of the Holy Name of Jesus. This is a celebration of the day that Jesus was circumcised and received his name. The name “Jesus” comes from Joshua, the Hebrew word for “savior” or “deliverer”. It is a good opportunity for us to remind ourselves, at the beginning of 2017, who our savior and deliverer is and where our hope lies. In the name of Jesus, we find our strength and our salvation, for He is Emmanuel, “God is with Us”. May God continue to be with each of us and our country during this year of transition and may we always fix our eyes on Jesus, our hope, and constant source of redemption, strength and love.
The Prayer of St. Francis de Sales
Be at Peace
Do not look forward in fear to the changes of life;
rather look to them with full hope as they arise.
God, whose very own you are,
will deliver you from out of them.
He has kept you hitherto,
and He will lead you safely through all things;
and when you cannot stand it,
God will bury you in his arms.
Do not fear what may happen ;
the same everlasting Father who cares for you today
will take care of you then and everyday.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or will give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace,
and put aside all anxious thoughts and imagination.