Before celebrating what a refreshing event that might be, consider this: with the wiping away of the mistakes you’ve made, the bad impressions you’ve left, the wonderful things you have done, the events – mistakes included – that formed your character and the backbone-strength of your personality would also be wiped away.
Would we want new beginnings to be that new?
Certainly not! Such a hope or dream would deny the ability and intent of Almighty God to bring good out of our missteps, to refine us with the fires of our own doings, to fashion gold out of the raw material we bring to Him.
So, then, how may we begin anew, now that we stand here at the beginning of a new catechetical year? Let’s do so by slipping our hands into God’s hand, take a good look at who we are and who it is He is calling us to be, and find ways to s-t-r-e-t-c-h ourselves this year, more and more into His likeness.
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Lord Jesus, this is the start of a new catechetical year. How is my faith, Lord? How can it be new? What do You have in store for me? How will You touch me this year? How will I touch You? Lead me, Lord. Help me to know what I should want from You and help me to know what You want from me.
(Adapted from Kelley Renz’s God Listens to Our Children: Kids’ Prayers for Every Day of the Liturgical Year, 2006. Encourage your parents to order copies for their children.)
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