Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena

A Parish of the Archdiocese of New York served by the Dominican Friars


December 31, 2016

The Solemnity of Mary, New Year’s Day – Pastor’s Reflection (January 1, 2017)

After Christmas comes the season of resolutions, and about these we really can be too skeptical.  Resolutions open a window onto the longings of the soul, often ignored in the workday world.  They therefore demand respect in their own right, quite apart whether or not they are actually kept.

If we were to make a shared, parish-wide resolution for 2017, what might it be?  Perhaps your answer to this question will reflect what you think we should have learned from 2016.  We may take a long time, though, to boil that wisdom down to usable initiatives.  In the meantime, St. Paul’s words to the Philippians may be on target.

Whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is honorable ,
whatever is just, whatever is pure,
whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
if there is any excellence,
and if there is anything worthy of praise,
think about these things.

What we ponder shapes us. Recent times have taught us to be wary of ingesting toxic food and drink and thereby jeopardizing the healthfulness of our bodies. Do we get that words and images also make over our character in their image. So what has been our intellectual and spiritual diet of late? Can we resolve to improve it for the well being of our mind and imagination?

I propose nobility as a word for 2017 – noble objects, noble literature, noble thoughts, noble intentions, all begetting noble deeds and noble selves.

New Year’s Peace!
Fr. Walter