A new year’s prayer

May God make your year a happy one!

Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,

But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;

Not by making your path easy,

But by making you sturdy to travel any path;

Not by taking hardships from you,

But by taking fear from your heart;

Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,

But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;

Not by making your life always pleasant,

But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,

and by making you anxious to be there to help.

God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.

Come, Holy Spirit

Come Holy Spirit,

Spirit of the Risen Christ,

Be with us today and always.

Be our Light, our Guide,

And our Comforter.

Be our Strength, our Courage,

And our Sanctifier.

May this new year be a time

Of deep spiritual growth for us,

A time of welcoming

Your graces and gifts,

A time for forgiving freely

And unconditionally,

A time for growing

In virtue and goodness.

Come, Holy Spirit,

Be with us today and always.

Amen.