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Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt December 28, 2014
Traditionally at the start of any New Year the
norm is to make resolutions, which in most cases
are never kept. As a matter of fact, there are so
many instances where they hardly even last the
week in which they are made.
Usually too, these resolutions are very personal.
They reflect promises "to be a better person; to pay
more attention to health issues one may have like
reducing the number of cigarettes smoked or a
decrease in the frequency of binge drinking; to become
more responsible on the job; to assist more at home
and a host of others too numerous to mention.
Sadly very few resolve to pay greater attention to
their spiritual health, like attending weekend mass
more regularly or making efforts to visit the Blessed
Sacrament more frequently or becoming involved in
some church related activity which will see one giving
of his/her time talent and treasure. These are all so
noble resolutions which can be made.
For 2015, there is a call to all Catholics in this
Archdiocese to resolve to ground their lives more
solidly in their faith and make resolutions which will
benefit not only themselves, but the church com-
munity, the neighbourhood and the society at large.
As a matter of fact, you will be doing your part
towards the Third Pastoral Priority---Regenerating
Moral and Spiritual Values in Our Society---achieving
its goal of a better society in T&T.
The core component of any society is the family.
A casual look around at our society today clearly
indicates the continuing deterioration of what was
once a beautiful, harmonious society. Today, we stand
a fractured and hurting society.
And as Bishop Llanos said at the opening of the
Christian Council of Churches crèche recently, family
units have made too many compromises. In a nutshell,
what the bishop said was that family values were all
but lost, since family life is now just an illusion, where
values and standards have been compromised. Families
no longer dine together, neither do they play together
and they certainly hardly ever pray together.
Remember that slogan which states very decidedly
that "the family that prays together stays together."
Since such families are most certainly in the minority,
it is not difficult to conclude that since too many of
our families are not praying together, the family units
are falling apart.
And as the bishop said, even when they are at
home together they are apart because each one is
consumed by one or other electronic device so there
is no time for building relationships. Such is the new
normal in T&T.
Bishop Llanos also took the opportunity to call on
Catholics not to be afraid to witness and stand firm
in their beliefs. He said family life was crucial to the
development of the society and as Catholics, we
must do everything possible to demonstrate what
good family life is all about. This could be beneficial
to society as a whole.
So today, as we prepare to once again make our
resolutions for the New Year, let us put our spiritual
needs ahead of anything else and focus on what we
need to do to assist in the upliftment of the spiritual
being, while being a proper example and witness to
the community and subsequently the society.
The board, management and staff of Camsel wish
all readers a most peaceful and rewarding 2015, full
of God s choicest blessings during the entire year.
• Vernon Khelawan is media relations officer of
Catholic Media Services Ltd (Camsel), the official com-
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