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New Year Prayer
Wednesday, January 5th 2011

New Beginning LogoLord, as the New Year begins help us to leave behind the darkness, doubts and failures of the past. Help us to seize the opportunities of grace available to us in Your gift of each new day With firm trust in You, we choose the narrow road that leads to You, the light of the World. May we see with Your eyes beyond the difficulties facing us as individuals and as a country so as to work collectively for the good of all.

Raise up for us holy and powerful teachers filled with the spirit of St John the Evangelist to rekindle the fire of love in those who have grown lukewarm in their faith or those who as yet do not know You. Grant that families may grow together in unity and love by rediscovering family prayer, the mystery of The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the joy of forgiveness and reconciliation in the sacrament of Confession.

Lord, as you befriended the poor, the outcast and sinners, grant wisdom to those who govern and those who dispense justice in our name; grant generosity to employers to share the fruits of their work with their employees; to those with excess material goods, the grace to forgo luxury so as to provide for those in need; and to our pastors great zeal in their willingness to spend time in healing souls by dispensing Your Mercy.

Inspire in us a new spirit of co-operation and neighbourliness so the no child may go hungry, the evicted may not be homeless and the lonely and depressed not feel abandoned and that a warm fire may burn in each hearth. As You left the image of Your Sacred Face on Veronica’s veil illuminate us so that we may reflect the light of Your Face to eliminate the darkness of our time. May this coming year be for all a new opportunity to walk humbly, act justly and love tenderly in Your Name.

Mary , Mother of God may our country experience a new Epiphany and veneration of Jesus Our Saviour and Your Son. May our example of love and generosity hasten the long awaited day of Christian unity and ensure that the riches of creation are appreciated as gifts of God and are available to all. Amen.

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