As we celebrate the closing of 2023 and entry of 2024, let us pray for guidance and trust in the One who is our constant. From the staff of the Bon Secours Retreat & Conference Center to you and yours, we wish you abundant blessings. May the message of God’s peace disperse throughout the world in the new year.
Help me to journey beyond the familiar
and into the unknown.
Give me the faith to leave old ways
and break fresh ground with You.
Christ of the mysteries, I trust You
to be stronger than each storm within me.
I will trust in the darkness and know
that my times, even now, are in Your hand.
Tune my spirit to the music of heaven,
and somehow, make my obedience count for You.
~The Prayer of St. Brendan (attributed to Brendan)
To Start a New Year
“A new year is unfolding—like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.
Lord, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good—with the comfort of warmth in our relationships, with the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others.
As we make our resolutions for the year ahead, let us go forward with great hope that all things can be possible—with Your help and guidance.”