Another new year! Today I begin my fourth year at Servant Books, which is pretty hard to believe. With each year that passes, I’m even more grateful for the privilege of working in Catholic publishing, and I’m excited about the books we have coming out. With authors like Jeff Cavins, Anne Costa, Fr. Leo Patalinghug, Dr. Ray Guarendi, Brian O’Neel, Gina Loehr, Julie Cragon, and Fr. Peter John Cameron, our Servant list has never looked better. And that’s just the Spring lineup!
Last January I shared a quote from Jose Maria Escriva to launch the new year, and this year I found another one. In the midst of setting New Year’s resolutions and goals, here’s something that I want to remember all year long:
Let us take a good honest look at our own lives. How is it that sometimes we just can’t find those few minutes it would take to finish lovingly the work we have to do, which is the very means of our sanctification? Why do we neglect our family duties? Why that tendency to rush through our prayers, or through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass? How are we so lacking in calm and serenity when it comes to fulfilling the duties of our state, and yet so unhurried as we indulge in our own whims? You might say these are trifling matters. You’re right, they are, but these trifles are the oil, the fuel we need to keep our flame alive and our light shining. (Friends of God, 39-41)
As we welcome 2014, I pray that your flame is shining brightly!
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