At the very beginning of this New Year we should turn to the Blessed Virgin, Mother of God, to pray together with Her, for peace in the world but also for peace in our families and in us.
Pope Benedict XVI wrote: "Each New Year comes with an expectation of something better, an expectation of a better future for all, so that everybody can realize his/her desire of a happy and peaceful life."
But we ask, could it be true, could it be real this happiness and peace? Yes it could, with one condition, that I become the witness and the agent of peace and hope. This peace and hope are the gifts of God and they can become a reality as long as I live according to the will of God, following His will as I pray in the Lord's Prayer: "Thy will be done".
I can become an agent of peace and hope as long as I am full of the peace of God coming from the sacrament of reconciliation.
I will be the instrument of peace and hope if I bring this peace and truth to my brothers and sisters living in disarray and stress, living in lie and disorder.
The New Year -we are beginning today- is a new opportunity given us by God to become blessed, saintly and happy as long as we follow His will and His "project" prepared for us for this New Year.
We have to accept the simple but fundamental truth that our faith is a vocation. It is a call to be a child of God, to follow God's great plans for us, like Mary who decided to be the "servant of God" and who brought us Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world, by Her obedience to God's vocation. She became the Mother of God for us, and she can ask and intercede for us, because She is also our Mother.
Let us pray today, through Her intercession, for happiness for ourselves and for our families, for peace in the world and in us. Also, let us pray for the grace to be the true witnesses of God's love and the agent of peace and hope in our disoriented and confused world.