Post 52/2021 Thursday 23 December . . . I’m looking back to spring forward, offering a pictorial glimpse of our journey through 2021 as we get ready to push or be pushed into the new year. A year that was ponderous. A year beset by the pandemic. A year portentous for the future. A year, nevertheless, filled with goodness and promise.
(Featured image: Reading has been a pleasure again throughout the year, as has the miniseries on Acorn TV of All Creatures Great and Small.)
The global quandary, posed by a virus and variants invisible to the naked eye, has been in our thoughts, prayers and actions.
I thank God for the biblical themes that guided us through the Christian observance of Advent, a time of prayers, penance and sacrifice in preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The first candle of the Advent wreath symbolized hope, the second candle symbolized faith, the third candle symbolized joy, the fourth candle symbolized peace. Each came to pass 2000 years ago, even as we await their greater realization.
I’m impressed and grateful for the reflections of Pope Francis in his Christmas speech on Thursday to Vatican cardinals, bishops and bureaucrats. The Associated Press (Dec. 23) titled its news story, “Pope demands humility in new zinger-filled Christmas speech.” He called on the clerics to seek out the neediest with humility.
From AP: “‘The humble are those who are concerned not simply with the past but also with the future, since they know how to look ahead, to spread their branches, remembering the past with gratitude,’ Francis told them. ‘The proud, on the other hand, simply repeat, grow rigid and enclose themselves in that repetition, feeling certain about what they know and fearful of anything new because they cannot control it.'”
The news story further quoted Francis: “All of us are called to humility, because all of us are called to remember and to give life.” Amen.
May humility guide our steps anew. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
5 thoughts on “Our year that was, still is”
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I enjoyed the pictorial review of 2021. All wonderful moments in time. Moments are free. They are available to all of us no matter where we are. The only requirement is our attention. More than any holiday gift, this is where meaning lives, and meaning is what we remember most. Now I’ll make some moments to remember.
Enjoy the moment when the clock strikes midnight. Lots to look forward to in the New Year. Blessings!
Thanks, John! Wonderful memories from a year of the pandemic! Thanks for including the photo of our reunion. I really like the Carole’s at the end of your letter!
May the God of Wonder be with you, delighting you with the beauty of sunrise and the majesty of sunset, with the song of the bird and the fragrance of the flower. —Maxine Shonk, OP
And a very Happy New Year to you and Ginger!