Hello New Year!

Hello New Year!

I love the start of a new year: a fresh page! A clean slate! Oh, the possibilities! I always make several new year’s resolutions, and sometimes I even manage to keep them. This year I don’t have resolutions per se, but I do have one or two major areas I plan to focus on.

That feeling of newness fades pretty quickly, though, and then it’s just another day…or is it?

This quote from St. Josemaría Escrivá, from his homily “Passionately Loving the World” included in the book Conversations with Saint Josemaría Escrivá, puts things in perspective:

“On the contrary, you must understand now, more clearly, that God is calling you to serve him in and from the ordinary, material, and secular activities of human life. He waits for us every day, in the laboratory, in the operating theatre, in the army barracks, in the university chair, in the factory, in the workshop, in the fields, in the home, and in all the immense panorama of work. Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine, hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it…

There is no other way. Either we learn to find our Lord in ordinary, everyday life, or else we shall never find him. That is why I can tell you that our age needs to give back to matter and to the most trivial occurrences and situations their noble and original meaning. It needs to restore them to the service of the kingdom of God, to spiritualize them, turning them into a means and an occasion for a continuous meeting with Jesus Christ.”

Suddenly, I don’t think there will be any ordinary days in 2013….



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About the Author

Claudia Volkman is a director of product development for Servant Books. She and her husband, Scott, live in Florida, where she enjoys walking, knitting, and spending time with her Corgis.