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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 an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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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!