IT'S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME
However, as a high school teacher, that also meant that it was time for me to go back to school. This year starting off was a complete 180 from last year. Last year my goal was just to keep my head above water, but this year, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. But it is also a new year. Moving forward, I have the ability to look back at what I did in the past and how I can improve it for this year. The students grades from last year are a thing of the past. This year can be different, better for them too. There's a tangible sense of renewed hope and excitement throughout the building. Expectations for the year are high, the sense of determination is present.
We absolutely need those times where we can start over. We need new beginnings. We can't remain static forever. We are always going to be ourselves, but those breaks, those changes, and those times for reflection help shed light on where we are and where we really want to be.
RESTARTS BUILT IN
The Church in her wisdom, built in those very breaks and season changes we need in order to reflect and become the person God is calling us to be. We have the big breaks, like in the change from one liturgical season to another that helps us focus on different lessons we need to recall each year. We have the weekly break of the Eucharist, where we can look back at our week, see where we had successes and failures; where we need more of God's assistance. And of course we always have the opportunity to start again with the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which we can take whenever we are in need of that new start.
I find it to be a great source of comfort that we have a God who never gives up on us, who is always willing to take us back. We always have the chance to start anew and improve, to look to God to be our strength and help us stick to our resolutions. We always have the opportunity to grow in holiness, knowing that each new day is a new chance to glorify God with our lives.
I leave you with a challenge in the form of one of my favorite quotes from St. Anthony of Padua:
"Consider every day as a new beginning, the first day of your life; and always act with the same fervor."
Know of my prayers for you as you celebrate each new start!
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