Originally Published in NorthJersey.com on January 3rd, 2018
The coming of a new year holds great spiritual meaning for many people. It is a time of reformation and resolutions. We reflect on the past year and think of ways to better ourselves during the new one. Let us also give a moment of our thoughts and prayers to the families affected by atrocities in the past year and to the ones less fortunate than ourselves, including those in less fortunate parts of the world.
Let’s pray for the families of Texas and Florida affected by the recent hurricanes and for those living in Puerto Rico and the Cuba; let us also remember the families who lost loved ones in the Las Vegas and New York terror attacks, and at the church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Let’s pray for the families suffering in the seemingly immutable Syrian civil war where generations of children are having to grow up in conditions that’ll scar them for life. Let us also not forget the Rohingya people suffering religious persecution in Myanmar, or families in Yemen affected by war and recent atrocities.
Let us dedicate ourselves in this new year, as many of us return to our occupations, to delve in prayer, reflection and remembrance for the ones less fortunate than us on this planet we all equally share.