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So, we have started 2021!  Some people make new year’s resolutions today. 

I rather prefer to say that I keep renewing decisions.  New beginnings make sense when seen as embracing life fully.

We embrace life by being open.  We empty ourselves of what is not life-giving so that we walk lightly and freely.

As we start the year, the Church celebrates the Feast of Mary, Mother of the Church.  She is put before us as both model and friend.

She emptied herself of holding on to her will and allowed the will of God to guide her.

‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to Your will.’

Christ literally grows within her because of her yes, her embrace of life.

I live my life fully when I resonate with God, when I let the Holy Spirit guide me forward.

Mary is also a mother, a helper.  Mothers nurture their children.

Mary nurtures us by telling us to follow Jesus, to do what He says.  When she said that to the attendants at the wedding in Cana, water turned into wine.  By listening to Jesus, I am liberated and transformed.

Mary, our Mother, is also a companion on our journey.

As we face the COVID-19 pandemic, global warming, and so many other challenges, we do so with hope.

Faith, hope, and love go together.

We have faith because of a promise made by a God who keeps to His word.

Our faith gives us hope, we are not just optimistic, we are hopeful, we trust.

Love brings all things to a fullness.

Love overcomes all obstacles, and love is eternal.

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