Last year I chose to focus on one word for a New Year’s Resolution. Believe.
Throughout the year I reminded myself over and over again to believe. Not just in the existence of God but in His promises, His love, His mercy, His grace, His perfect plan. To fully believe in all that we have been given through Him and to let that belief overcome any doubts or fears. It truly helped me throughout the year and is something I will continue to meditate on in the coming years.
For 2015, I again decided to choose one word to focus on throughout the coming year.
In the coming year I resolve to allow the peace of Christ to work within my soul. To empty myself of anxieties, troubles, fears, and be filled with His peace, true peace. To let that peace extend from me to touch my family and friends and all those around me. This year I pray that the peace of the Lord will be within me and work through me so that others may see and know His peace.
Peace is not some abstract impossibility. The peace of Christ is very real and very possible. I pray that in the coming year people around the world will open up their hearts and souls to the wondrous peace of Christ. Happy New Year!
“Overcoming evil with weapons of love becomes the way in which each person can contribute to the peace of all. Christians and believers of different religions are called to walk this path, together with those who accept the universal moral law.
Dear brothers and sisters, promoting peace in the world is our common mission!
May the Virgin Mary help us to fulfill the words of the Lord: ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God’ (Mt 5: 9).
Happy New Year to everyone! Praised be Jesus Christ!”
(Homily of Saint John Paul II on the 38th World Day of Peace
Saturday, 1 January 2005)