Welcome to the brand new 2020. I wish you all a Happy New Year. I hope that you had a holiday filled with fun, peace and joy with family and friends.
2019 was a tough year! There were numerous challenges. There were happy times as there were sad times. There were exciting times as there were disappointments. I had a major health challenge in November that started as something minor…thank God for the balm of Gilead and Jesus for the 32 stripes. I was made whole again.
Above all were the unexpected shocks which further proved that “Life Happens”. Through them all, we made it to 2020 by God's grace!
For me, it was a year of serious character reformation. I discovered how to a large extent to stop acting God and letting God be God. In other words, dependence on the Supreme Being.
As usual, we spent much time towards the end of 2019 in Nigeria for Coat of Many Colours Africa programmes. It was hectic catching up with work back log after recuperating from my illness in November. I’ve been working non-stop since then!
I spent the Christmas and Boxing Days planning for the work that lay ahead in the New Year. I pondered over my New Year’s resolutions. I usually spend the first week of January thinking over and praying about my goals for the New Year. My list is always far too long, and has too many items that have been repeated (and remain unattained) year after year.
This year, I have changed all that. I have only one hydra-headed resolution. I will be a better me in all aspects. Why, I confess that I’ve never prayed as much as I did in 2019. Thank God I was able to achieve much of the goals with his help. For the unattained, I leave them as SFGTD…Something for God to do.
Since you are reading this online, perhaps you also spend a great deal of time in the digital realm. And perhaps you too will want to set your own resolutions.
I’d love to hear yours, and would also love to hear from our readers who don’t engage in the practice of setting of resolutions.
Welcome to 2020, and have a fantastic year ahead.
A few years ago, when I served as bishop of Bridgeport, Conn., I celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany in a large multi-cultural parish with parishioners from Mexico, Central and South America and there were also parishioners from various countries in Africa...
“But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman” (Gal 4:4). Born of woman: Jesus came in this way. He did not appear in the world as an adult but, as the Gospel tells us, he was “conceived in the womb” (Lk 2;21).
Happy 2020 to all readers of on International Catholic Magazine. It is amazing how time flies. Some few years back, year 2020 was the target or deadline mentioned for achieving world programmes. The UN Vision 2020 was the pace setter and many other world bodies, organizations and governments tied in their programmes into it.
Our culture and the media continue to urge us to spend beyond our means to buy even more! As a result, we are steeped in a buy/spend now, pay later mentality, with little thought given to financial consequences down the road.
The beauty of The Thrill of the Chaste, and indeed, of the Catholic Church’s approach to chastity and love in general, is that it proposes a lifestyle that is both dynamic and practical, both challenging and peaceful. Chastity is the ability to moderate our own sexual desires, and involves much more than simply saying “no” to sex before marriage
Only resolve to do things you really want to achieve. This may be a bit of a cliché, but it is still exceedingly important. If you don’t really want something, you won’t be able to make yourself really pursue it.
St. Thomas Aquinas »
Feast Day: January 28
Patron Saint Of: Students and all universities
St. Thomas Aquinas, priest and doctor of the Church.
Thomas is believed to have been born in the castle of Roccasecca in the old county of the Kingdom of Sicily, which is now known as the Lazio region of Italy, in 1225.
Pope Francis Holy Mass for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God January1, 2020»
From St. Peter’s Basilica, Holy Mass presided by Pope Francis on the occasion of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and World Day for Peace
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