We are three weeks into 2022. I would like us to step back from our busy lives and take a glance at these past three weeks and what the year ahead could look like.
On New Year’s Eve, my community watched the movie: “New Year’s Eve” (2011) It reminded me of three characteristics that are often found in a Hallmark movie: family conflict, financial distress, and isolation. I think, most of us experienced these three in these last two years as CoViD has reshaped our lives. However, there is a fourth characteristic of these movies: serendipity – – discovering unexpected things that matter – whether it’s happiness, or hope, or love, you name it.
In the movie, New Year’s Eve was a night about having another chance – another chance for love, forgiveness, and hope, reminding us that we, too, are blessed with these serendipitous moments. We might consider that every New Year’s Eve, like Claire, who is in charge of the New Year’s eve celebrations in the movie, reminded us that we, too, have an opportunity for another chance to make our lives and the lives of others better. When the ball got stuck halfway in the air on Times Square during the celebration, Claire was asked to share a few words with the audience:
“As you all can see, the ball has stopped halfway to its perch. It’s suspended there to remind us before we pop the champagne and celebrate the new year, to stop, and reflect on the year that has gone by, to remember both our triumphs and our missteps, our promises made and broken, the times we opened ourselves up to great adventures… or closed ourselves down for fear of getting hurt, because that’s what new year’s all about: getting another chance – a chance to forgive, to do better, to do more, to give more, to love more, and to stop worrying about ‘what if?’ and start embracing ‘what will be.’ So, when that ball drops at midnight, and it will drop, let’s remember to be nice to each other, kind to each other, and not just tonight but all year long.”
The movie invited everyone to embrace the ‘what will be’ and to be kind to one another. Pope Francis, too, invited us to listen to one another and to walk with one another. He summoned us to enter into a personal and communal discernment for a synodal Church by praying with and listening to where the Spirit is calling us, by listening to one another, and by reflecting on how we are called to be Church. May we be awakened to our call and be challenged to become better disciples.
I would like us to reflect and pray with these questions:
- What is God asking of us at this time?
- What can help us listen to God’s Spirit in our hearts?
- How can we stop worrying about the ‘what if’ and embrace the ‘what will be’?
Our faith teaches us to be bearers of hope, love, and charity. As a final reflection, I would like us to consider the words spoken by Sam, a businessman in the movie, where he states,
“As we move forward in this new year, let’s try to remember
that sometimes it’s ok to listen to your heart.
I know it’s risky, take that leap of faith.”
Let us take the risk to listen to the call within us, where God reveals who we will be, individually and communally.
Some of you reading this blog may have played with the thought of responding to God’s love by becoming a Sister; you may have even prayed with this thought for a while. If you would like to talk to a Sister about discerning God’s call to religious life, click here to contact us. If you would like to come and see what it feels like to live a life of prayer and service in community, we are offering a retreat in March (March 4-6, 2022) at our Motherhouse in Kentucky for single Catholic women, ages 18-45. We are offering the retreat both in person and via Zoom. For more information, contact Sr. Bea at 614-400-1255, or via email: Bea.Tiboldi@oppeace.org.