Have you attained the goals you set for yourself this year? As I look back, I can see that I failed miserably in some, and attained others. Ah, well, I am only human and weak, and so I will continue to struggle. The unattained goals, I will focus on again this year.
One goal that I did accomplish was my increase of devotion to St. Joseph, who I took for my patron Saint of this year. I read a book on his life, and pray to him every day for help in various matters, especially for help in devotion to Mary. I have done Prime and Compline of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin all year, and sometimes the other Hours as well.
I recently acquired this print of Our Lady, which I love; it's the same as the one my mom had. I imagine Mary holding the love of God close within her, oblivious to the world and all that would take that Love away.
So this coming year, I will work again on increasing my devotion to our Blessed Mother, and I place all of you, my readers, within her Immaculate Heart, and under the shelter of her Mantle.
May 2010 be a year filled with blessings for you and your families.