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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward a doctorate in liturgical theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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“It was a riveting adventure to move by degrees into the mysterious world of the Liturgy which was being enacted before us and for us there on the altar. It was becoming more and more clear to me that here I was encountering a reality that no one had simply thought up, a reality that no official authority or great individual had created. […] Not everything was logical. Things sometimes got complicated and it was not always easy to find one’s way. But precisely this is what made the whole edifice wonderful, like one’s own home.”
— Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (“Milestones” pp. 19-20) 1997

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Chesterton on the Value of New Beginnings
published 1 January 2016 by Fr. David Friel

HE FAMOUS (and pious) journalist, G.K. Chesterton, contributed 13 years’ worth of weekly columns to the Daily News (1901-1913). In those columns, Chesterton shared his highly respected thoughts on such diverse matters as secularism, imperialism, eugenics, education, social reform, the temperance movement, and even women’s suffrage.

In one column, he also shared his thoughts on the purpose of New Year’s Day and the value of new beginnings. Chesterton writes:

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterward. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

May all of our readers be richly blessed in the Year of Our Lord 2016!