Welcoming The New Year 2019

Posted: January 1, 2019 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Personal Thoughts & Reflections

In the final moments of 2018 new year’s eve, I asked myself how different was this year? From all the yester-years.

The main thing for me was to recognise and recollect just how blessed I had been from Jan 18 to Dec 18 by God my Heavenly Father. And I saw His gentle, loving hand throughout the year. There were many significant moments of building upon family ties. The strengthening of old familial bonds and development of new ones. I was humbled, renewed and invigorated into service of Him and my brethren. Which led me to the final question for recollection.

Had I been a Blessing to any or many? Have I shared my many Blessings with them? What are the visible fruits that others see? I realised that I could not truly answer this question on my own. I can only pray that I had done enough this year…

What better way to end the new year? Then to welcome Christ Jesus into the new one!

New year’s eve night began with praise and worship. During of which, Frances and I saw just how we were truly loved by God our Father. He took away our pettiness and turned it into loveliness. We worshiped Him together with a close knit family in Christ. We were truly one body in Him! Through his shepherd, Father Terence, God’s love was reawakened and the fire of His great love for us glowed within all our hearts.

Then we saw His face during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus our Lord touched the hearts of many and much healing took place, for some most profoundly. Joy filled our hearts!

The Eucharistic Celebration was simply wonderful! Extra special because we were truly prepared, and in a sense we were pining to receive our Lord Jesus Christ into our very beings. There was no loud countdown needed, as we were gently led into the new year by our Lord Himself! Amen! Alleluia!

After the Eucharistic Celebration, we did not go home but continued to celebrate with our sisters and brothers in Christ. There were great moments of joy and even a little moment of sorrow as we learnt that a couple we had grown to love was going through a tough time. One of their sons Eugene had a relapse of leukaemia. We prayed and embraced them knowing that Christ was with us and will continue to be with them in the months ahead. Do join us in praying for them especially for Eugene. The party ended at about 5am++ we were still very much in awe of God’s presence in the new year of 2019.

After reaching home it was time for a quick shower before rushing off to be in the presence of our Lord once again and with His Blessed mother, our dearest mother too. I had been asked a few months earlier to lead the opening and closing hymn for the recitation of the Holy Rosary which followed after the Eucharistic Celebration. And was eager to honour our Blessed Mother. We sang “Gentle Woman” for the opening and “Praise her with a flower” for the closing hymn. Another wonderful year ahead with our Blessed Mother at our side.

Thank You Lord!

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