It’s the cusp of a brand new year. Brand new jammies for Christmas, new outfits for Christmas Mass, new toys for the kids and new books for the grown-ups. I have heard bad news from at least 3 people in the past 6 weeks. An uncle has passed away. A friend’s husband is no longer here. And a sorority sister’s aggressive cancer has returned and she has entered hospice. Even though I’ve not met my sister with cancer, it pains me greatly to see my friends–my family–suffer from the thought of her mortality, at such a young age. She has 2 young daughters and a husband, which hurts more and is another reason we are all trying to preserve her memory, while she is still breathing.
So, as the year begins, I resolve to be there for my family more. The family that raised me and the family I brought into this world. The family that chose me in college and my family forged in the crucible known as this military life. And my MCCW sisters, who have been there for me with meals, and encouragement and prayers when it felt like all had been lost.
I am challenging myself and you this year to spend an hour in a Eucharistic adoration chapel for 1 hour/week. It’s really not that much time, in the big scheme of things. I find that even with such a short period of time in the chapel, I emerge feeling refreshed and lifted and always with a positive outlook on things. And I always feel less anxious after spending time with the Lord and casting my cares on him.
In the new year, when everyone is resolving to have a bikini ready body, resolve to have a soul that can deadlift massive amounts of anxiety and depression and cares. In this New Year, while everyone is spending time in the gym for a better body, spend some time in the Eucharistic chapel for a better soul.