Be in your prayer space, follow the usual steps and settle into silence.

Settle into silence, into peacefulness, into profound silence, into pure joy. Keep listening in such quietness and serenity. Come to that place, that space within, that place of deep silence, solitude, to just being here and now, without having to accomplish something.

Now from the depth of your heart begin to wish your mind well!

Now I invite you to consecrate this day and all that come with this day and the year ahead….in your own way, in humble, simple, may be even inadequate words!.

I pray for you and I pray for all, who, at this moment, are receiving the gift of this new year!

May your days, weeks and months of the year ahead be filled with blessings, God’s blessings! And may you begin this year with a blessing attitude. May all you do, all you say and your presence be channels of God’s blessings for those around you!

May your past be your good and wise teacher! Glean the past, especially the immediate past, the year 2015 and gather all the good things, all the blessings, all the good people and the good memories and keep them in your heart. May they continue to bless you and grace you!

May your future be filled with hope! And may 2016 be filled with opportunities to be good, to do good, to make things better and to change what is bad into good.

May you be surrounded by good friends, blessed to meet new and good friends and may you be friend of the world!

May you begin this New Year with a firm resolve to speak affirming, comforting, encouraging, life-giving, challenging and supportive words! May all your words bless and grace the world around you.

May you rise each day with desire and decision to love life, love people, love God’s creation and love our God with all that you are.

Bless your morning and let your morning bless you! Bless the New Year and let the New Year bless you! Bless your world and let your world bless you!

Be still.

Back to the top! Now pray this prayer for those you know and love!

Before we walk into the New Year, let us take a few moments to thank God for all his blessings during the past year.

Let us also be grateful to the many, who blessed us, loved us, cared for us, made sacrifices for us, served us….Take a moment to send a blessing payer their way!

Thank you, Lord, for the treasure of all our loved ones whose hearts of openness and acceptance have encouraged us to be who we are. We are grateful for their faithfulness, for standing by us in our weak moments, for being there when we were most in need and for rejoicing with us in our good days and our joyful seasons!.

Let us begin our new year, the year 2016, with gratitude for all that has been and proclaiming and affirming, once again, that we will strive to grow in our faith in God, our hope in God’s promises and our love for God and each other.

Our Faith is not an idea or a doctrine. Our faith is a dynamic, moving force deep within us, a force that keeps us whole, keeps us grounded and keeps us moving.

Our Hope is not an idea or a doctrine. Our hope is a dynamic, moving force deep within us, a force that keeps us whole, a force which is our power in our powerlessness.

Our Love is not an idea or a doctrine. Our love is a dynamic, moving force within us, a force that lives in us and keeps us whole and alive and free and joyful.

We are at the threshold of the New Year. It is urgent to close the door behind and look behind only to discover and learn. Let us glean the past, gather the good things that happened, good people who came into our life, good memories that we can cherish, learn from our mistakes and failures and carry only the good ones and let go of all that is bad, unhealthy and unspiritual and not of God and from God.

We are at the threshold of the New Year. It is also urgent to open the door in front and walk in, grounded in faith, moving in hope and striving to love as God loves. We have important challenges to face. We must live lives of faith; we must move in hope in the face of difficulties and tragedies; we must concern ourselves with loving and serving……..striving to make our faith and our hope and our love more real for us and for the world around us.

This year, Pope Francis has called us to make this love more real by contemplating the mercy of our God and giving witness to that mercy.
Let us begin this year with a desire and resolve to contemplate the gift of the mercy of our God and learning to treat ourselves and others with kindness and compassion no matter what life may bring as we continue our journey.

The Holy Father said, “I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.” (Misericordiae Vultus)

The Holy Father tells us, “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy” and calls us to constantly contemplate this mystery of mercy as it is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Mercy is the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy is the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to a hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.

Mercy is not soft and weak and not about being nice! Real mercy is strong and powerful because it does not shy away from our broken existence, but instead it stands face to face with the ugly and the broken and calls us to turn away from those things by bringing the healing balm of truth and genuine freedom to bear (Pope Francis).

True mercy is transformational! Ultimately mercy is bound up with facing the truth and being challenged to move from brokenness to wholeness. The denial of this is possibly at the very heart of our modern dilemma. Too often mercy is interpreted as removing the challenge, being tolerant of the transgression and passing over the consequences of our broken reality, rather than facing it head on and being freed by that very confrontation (Pope Francis).

The model of mercy is the life of Jesus. In the ultimate act of mercy, He embraces the cross in order to open the floodgates of mercy. The mercy that Christ shows the world through every act of His life here on earth, and especially in His crucifixion, is a mercy that confronts the power of sin by allowing the power of love to overcome the darkness (Pope Francis).

How wonderful our world will be if we learned to forgive our hurts and heal our brokenness! Mercy is that virtue that enables us to forgive failures, overlook shortfalls, heal brokenness, create harmony and bring us peace. May this New Year be a time to celebrate the Mercy of our God and learn to be a channel of God’s mercy for others!

Paul instructed the Ephesians: Be kind to one another, compassionate and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ (Ephesians 4:32). Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God….. Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity…. Defer to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:1-21).

Paul challenged the Ephesians to make their choices out of “reverence” for Christ. Now you are challenged to make your own choice!

May 2016 open new doors for you and may God bless you with wisdom and courage to walk in the door and embrace all that the Lord has to offer you! May God bless you and keep you safe in the in the hollow of His hand, in center of His will, in the circle of His love

Fr. Gus Tharappel, msfs