Word of the Year...but make it Catholic!
One of my favorite New Year traditions is choosing a word to focus on for the year. The practice forces me to be honest with myself and to really listen to the Holy Spirit in order to dive deep and do His will in the year ahead.
Additionally, selecting one word helps me to keep focus throughout the year. As a wife, a mom, and a business owner, I have a lot on my plate - it's hard for me to keep track of what I ate for breakfast let alone what goals I have for my life. Realistically, it’s going to be hard for me to remember eight well-meaning New Year's Resolutions...but one word? I can definitely do that!
Please join me in choosing a word or phrase to guide you through the New Year, with Christ by your side. Here is a list of 20 powerful Catholic Words for the Year, if you need some ideas!
"Wait, how do I choose my word?"
I encourage you to pray a quick prayer to the Holy Spirit. Then, scroll through the list of Catholic words below. Which one seems to resonate with you the most?
We end our prayers with “Amen” not as a way of saying “the end,” but because the word signifies acceptance. When we utter “Amen,” we declare “So be it,” or “Truly it is.” In what ways can you say “Amen” to your life in the New Year? How will you cultivate a spirit of acceptance in the year ahead?
God calls his son Jesus beloved, and as children of God, we too are cherished and delighted-in by our Heavenly Father (Matthew 3:17). In what ways will you lean into your identity as a beloved child of God this year? May your knowledge of God’s love for you grow in the New Year.
Fiat meals “let it be done” in Latin and is a word we often use to celebrate and refer to Mary’s YES to God. Let the New Year be the year you lean on your Heavenly Mother for guidance, through her Son. They have amazing plans for you.
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Ruah is a Hebrew word that means “breath,” which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. How will you allow the Holy Spirit to breathe truth, beauty and goodness into your life this year? Be receptive to His plans.
"The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." No matter how dark things seem, Christ will be victorious and His light cannot be defeated by darkness. How will you shine your light at home, work, school, the community, and within your parish this year?
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Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy. We sing this exclamation at Mass as a song of adoration for the God who created heaven and earth full of His glory. How will you honor God who is holy this year? How will you lean into your call to holiness?
AMDG (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam) was St. Ignatius of Loyola’s motto which translates to ‘For the Greater Glory of God.’ How will you strive to seek God in all circumstances and live a life that brings Him glory and honor in the New Year?
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Totus Tuus, a Latin phrase meaning “Totally Thine” (or “Totally Yours”) originated in the writings of St. Louis de Montfort, where he wrote to Mary: “Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt” – “I am totally yours and all that I have is yours.” Pope St. John Paul II adopted the phrase as his personal motto. Will you join JPII in embracing a deep commitment to seek Mary's guidance, intercession, and motherly care in the New Year?
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Metanoia means “to have a conversion” or “to turn toward the light” of God. How will you allow God to illuminate and transform your heart this year?
As followers of Jesus, we are called to be “salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13), preserving the world from moral and spiritual decay as well as enriching the world’s flavor, or goodness, through love of God and neighbor. How will you act as an agent of preservation and enhancement in the New Year?
Evangelium is the Latin word for Gospel, meaning “good news” and serving as an account of the life, death, resurrection, and teachings of Jesus. Will this year be the year in which the Gospel of Jesus becomes more present in your life? How will you share the good news with others?
Laudato Si, meaning “Praised Be,” are the words that St. Francis of Assisi repeats throughout his song of praise, the Canticle of the Creatures. Like St. Francis, will you strive to see God in the created world around you this year, and praise Him accordingly?
Will the New Year be a year of healing? Allow God to transform your heart this year - to fully heal the wounds that are keeping you from being the person He created you to be.
The Latin term for charity or love, caritas is one of the three theological virtues, and indeed, the greatest of the virtues. “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13). Let your thoughts, words and actions be guided by “caritas” in the New Year.
Verso l’alto was Bl. Giorgio Frassati’s motto, which means “To the heights!” He once said, “The higher we go, the more we can hear the voice of Christ.” In what ways will you climb higher toward Christ and His will for you in the New Year?
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Talitha koum refers to Mark 5:41. “[Jesus] took the child by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha koum,’ which means, ‘Little girl, I say to you, arise!” How will you allow Christ to heal the parts of your life that you’d rather keep hidden? Trust in His guidance.
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JMJ stands for “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.” Will the New Year be the year you choose to honor and be guided by the Holy Family in a whole new way?
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Pax Christi, Latin for “Peace of Christ,” reminds us that true peace – in our hearts and in the world – comes through Jesus. Is the New Year inviting you to seek Christ’s peace and to be a bearer of Christ’s peace to the world in need?
Vocation means calling, and it refers to the ways God invites each of us to love and serve him and the world through our relationships, how we spend our time, and our overall way of life. How will you discern and live into your vocation in the New Year?
Hebrew for “Here I am,” it's all about accepting and focusing on the mission of the present moment. Let's go!
Happy New Year, friends. Whatever word you choose (or don’t!) for the New Year, may your next twelve months be blessed ones in which, guided by Christ, you grow in faith, seek truth, and share love.
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