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Thursday, January 01, 2009

A Blessed 2009!

Happy New Year!

We have now crossed over to 2009!
It has already been a little over a year already since I first set foot here in Rome. It seems only like yesterday that I was packing my bags and flying off to the Eternal(ly crazy) City and now I have only 6 more months left before I can finish my tour of duty here and head back to Singapore.

Meanwhile, as we let go of 2008 and look towards 2009, I know for some, it may be an exercise in futility to look or hope for a more peaceful and tranquil year for the world in the midst of all the current strife and killing we see all over. Would 2009 be any different from 2008? Is it going to get worse instead? Is there chance for real peace to come about? Your guess is just as good as mine.

Whatever you may feel about the new year ahead of us, I believe we need to be more positive and constructive about it all and not fall into the trap of letting those bleak scenarios lead us into despair and pessimism. Yes, we all will certainly face some form of trials or difficulties. Perhaps some are already feeling it already. However, I am reminded of a very positive verse which is also abound with truth. It is found in chapter 8 of Paul's letter to the Romans. While he was encouraging them to keep to their faith and to know what life in the Spirit is all about, he ended with this consoling verse:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom 8: 38 - 39)

So, keep on to that verse whenever you feel a little down and be assured that eventually all will be set right. We just do the best we can in our own small little way to contribute to make the world a little better place for all.

Have a blessed and fruitful New Year ahead and may the blessing of God's peace and love be with you all!


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year to you! God's love and blessings be with you in the year ahead! :D

Joanne W said...

Hi Father! Happy New Year to you too! I just met Fr. Nick yesterday and as usual he was hilarious! haha... Filled the mass with laughter during his homily! Hope you have a great year too!

Unknown said...

@joanne: give my regards to kuntiak aka fr nick! :-D

Cuppa Mocha said...

Amen to that, Father!!! Thanks for the edification. I always enjoy reading your entries :0)

SuMmeR_Ra|n said...

Hi Fr. Al~ Happy New Year and Merry Christmas to you~ :) Thanks for the edification~ Oh yeah, I might be dropping by at Rome end of June... Hehe! Pray that I may be able to go for the visit, if it's according to God's will~~ God bless!!!


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