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Best Wishes for the New Year 2024

My dear parishioners and friends,

The beginning of the year like the beginning of time is the beginning of the creation of the world by God. And that time was eternal, since God the Creator created the world and man to live eternally with Him, as long as, people would like to stay with Him, in-keeping with His command.

Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone!

As we stand on the cusp of a new year, it is natural to look back on the past year and reflect on all that has happened. For many of us, the past year has been filled with joys and accomplishments, as well as challenges and setbacks.

But no matter what the past year has brought, it is important to remember that every day is an opportunity for growth and change. As we welcome the new year, let us embrace the promise of a fresh start and the chance to make a positive impact on the world around us.

One of the most common ways that people celebrate New Year’s Eve is by making resolutions. These are often personal goals that we set for ourselves in order to improve our lives or make a positive impact on the world. Some common New Year’s resolutions include getting in shape, saving money, learning a new skill, or volunteering our time and resources to help others.

But while it is important to set goals and strive for self-improvement, it is also important to be realistic and to remember that change takes time. Rather than setting unrealistic goals that we may not be able to achieve, let us focus on making small, achievable changes that can add up to big improvements over time.

We often hear our friends talk about their “New Year’s resolutions,” their intentions to either spend more time with family, to lose weight, or the thousand other commitments we try to make at the turn of the New Year. This year, though, let us follow the example of the Great Basil of Caesarea. Let us take our lives — humble and even faulted — and let us make of them a chance to become godlike in our ways. This is the realization of our human nature, created in the image and according to the likeness of the Holy Trinity, which is a communion of love.

As we ring in the new year, let us also remember to be grateful for all that we have. No matter what challenges we may face, there is always something to be thankful for. So let us take a moment to appreciate the people and experiences that have enriched our lives and look forward to all the new year has in store.

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year for us all! May we all find the strength, courage, and determination to pursue our goals and make the most of every day.

May 2024 be filled with moments where your lives are changed and transformed by the love of God, so that you can share abundantly with the world around you the fullness of what it means to be a creature that aspires to be like our Creator.

Costas Calogeropoulos

President

Greek Orthodox Community of West Island of Montreal

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