Chaplain January 2023

Dear Brother Knights,

The New Year carries with it a spirit of new beginning. The past year is behind us; we can’t change it. We have things in our lives that we want to change, and the New Year seems to be a good time to make this change. This is why many of us make some kind of New Year’s resolution.

It is a good thing to make a New Year’s resolution. After all, if we are wanting to do something better, then we have admit that we are not perfect and need improvement. When we make the decision to carry out these resolutions, we are improving ourselves and hopefully those around us.

However, we have to remember that any improvement that we want to make in our lives, and our spiritual lives in particular, has to take place bit by bit. The Christian life is about forming good, spiritual habits with the help of God’s grace. We may have the desire to make a lot of changes in our lives, which is noble. But, these are done by taking one day at a time. We change our lives when we change our habits. Good habits are built up when we live in the present moment and do well whatever is before us.

We believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary was Immaculately conceived, free from Original Sin from the first moment of her conception, but also without committing any personal sin throughout her entire life. In our new year’s resolutions, let us look to the Blessed Virgin Mary was the one who was resolute in her love, day in and day out.

May you and your families have a blessed Christmas season and a grace-filled New Year.

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Nicholas Kipper
St. Teresa Parish