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New Year Prayer and Reflection

Entering the Gates of a New Year*
Jean Amore, CSJ, Ed.D., Principal

Loving God, Sacred Mystery,
waiting on the threshold of this new year,
you open the gates and beckon to me: 

“Come! Come!
Be not wary of what awaits you
as you enter the unknown terrain.
Be not doubtful of your ability to grow
from its joys and sorrows. 

For I am with you.
I will be your Guide.
I will be your Protector.
You will never be alone.” 

Loving God, Sacred Mystery,  
Steadfast Companion of this new year,
I set aside my fears, worries, concerns.
I open my life to mystery, to beauty,
to hospitality, to questions,
to the endless opportunity of
discovering you in my relationships
with all with whom I come in contact,
with all creation, and with Earth,
our Common Home.

I want to make your Spirit present
through me by living Jesus’ message of
inclusive love, unity, forgiveness,
reconciliation, justice and peace. 

As part of the SHA community, may I always
lead – lead with heart, courage, compassion and
commitment.  I welcome your unfailing
Presence and walk with hope into this New Year.                          

*Adapted from Out of the Ordinary by Joyce Rupp, OSM

Together we pray for peace in our hearts, our families, our country and our world.