Just a little late but I hope everyone had a Blessed Christmas. We are now in 2018 and I pray that you have a prosperous new year!
Just on the note of wishing everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year we normally would think of joy, happiness, abundance, wealth, good health, good job, good business, etc. While that is not a bad thing we should try, as children of God, shift our way of thinking of the meaning of the word prosperity. Prosperity to mean to prosper in Virtue, to prosper in Grace, to prosper in God’s gifts to us.
Most commonly we say Happy New Year and to wish no difficulties, no sufferings, no hardship may befall on anyone but loads of joy and happiness. However, this is not true happiness. True happiness is growing in the virtue with the Grace of God, growing in goodness, in the gifts and the fruits of the Holy Spirit. And even though your heart is distressed for whatever reason it may be (either it be death, illness, loss of a job or any misfortune) you remain calm, peaceful and collected. It is the Grace of God that makes you feel the calmness and the peacefulness of your soul, not agitated.
The Grace of God is a gift but it is also hard to obtain. We need to ask for it and to pray to the Holy Spirit for the gifts, the virtues and the fruits.
The first Saturday of the year is special to me. Saturdays in general are special as it is our Blessed Mother’s day. We have, for example, the First Five Saturday Devotion.
But as a Jesus to Mankind Crusade Army member we have been given by the Blessed Trinity and by the Blessed Mother the Crusade Prayers so rich and abundant of prayers for the graces we need – it is ours for the picking! And our Blessed Mother, being the treasure and dispenser of Graces, it is just fitting that on this first Saturday of the year we pray the Crusade Prayers For Graces, Gifts and Protection which we need to continually persevere and remain faithful to the Mission of Salvation – who knows what the year would bring! And we continually do so for the rest of the year and years to come until we join and meet each other in the New Paradise.
But in the meantime, may you have a happy and prosperous New Year!