THE THRESHOLD by Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P. Posted January 1, 2024 by admin@interfaith


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by Thomas P. Bonacci, C.P.

January 1, 2024

Once again, we have crossed the threshold of a New Year as hope is born anew in our hearts that perhaps, just perhaps, this year will be a better year. We long for world peace as we seek safety and security on our streets and in our public spaces. We hope wars will not simply end but never happen again. We long for the day when we, as a diverse nation, will live in peace with mutual respect and care for all.

Those tempted to think such hope is illusionary might do well to be inspired by the great people who have gone before us. New Year’s Day has always been a time to hope and remember. We remember those who made the world a better place so we might conquer the temptation to think hope is illusionary. Let us take a little trip down memory lane.

First, we remember the spouses, loved ones, and beloved companions we have lost this year. In this time of promise and resolution, we honor their lives and cherish their memories by being people dedicated to respect, care, and concern for all.

Second, we remember our friends who have passed from this life to life with God. The blessings of their love for us will touch our lives forever. We will strive to be friends with everyone we meet in their honor.

Finally, we remember all the children throughout the World who have lost their lives because of war, abuse, neglect, and violence. We pray no more children will pay the price of losing their lives for the sake of greed, selfishness, prejudice, or hate.

News programs are running specials remembering the famous people who have died as another year is born. We will not forget all those who have touched our lives but are never in the news. As another Christmas fades away and a New Year is born, we will dedicate ourselves anew to be faithful citizens of the emerging Beloved Community. Recall the powerful words of the late Representative John Lewis, “Darkness cannot overcome darkness, only light can do that. Violence can never overcome violence, only peace can do that. Hate can never overcome hate, only love can do that.”

Gratitude to you, Holy Community, for striving to build the Beloved Community where justice is not an ideal and peace is a way of life. May your memories bless and inspire you. May this New Year be a blessing.