“A Little Rule for beginners” is how St Benedict describes his rule, inviting the wisdom that always we begin again. Nowhere is beginning again more apparent than when we begin a new year. Closely allied with this new year beginning is a desire to wipe the slate clean, to start afresh - often expressed in the form of new year resolutions.
Over filled with ham and pavlova, many of us make resolutions to be more active, to do more exercise, to get fitter or to lose weight. Some of us may decide that we need a spiritual makeover and resolve that the coming year will be marked by a new commitment to Bible reading or prayer.
As one who has tried, and failed miserably to keep such resolutions many times, I offer a new way to approach the coming year.
In past years, words like Fallow or Wholeness have had meaning for me. This year, the word that seems to be forming is Surrender… but I await its unfolding over the coming days of this new year.
May peace, grace and blessings of 2018 be with you.
"Pause for a word of guidance, as those seeking advice from the Desert Fathers and Mothers would do…"