Posted by Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan, Visitation Alumna

Full Moon New Years Eve

Full Moon New Year's Eve

A New Year’s Prayer by Anonymous

May God make your year a happy one!

Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,
But by strengthening you to bear it, as it comes;
Not by making your path easy,
But by making you sturdy to travel any path;
Not by taking hardships from you,
But by taking fear from your heart;
Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,
But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;
Not by making your life always pleasant,
But by showing you when people and their causes need you most,
and by making you anxious to be there to help.
God’s love, peace, hope and joy to you for the year ahead.

We ask for your prayers as we continue to grow our mission and outreach in north Minneapolis by inviting more Sisters into our Monastery, more Visitation Companions into our lay program, and launch a new year of service volunteer opportunity.

What are you praying for in 2011? Please share your prayers and hopes in the comments section so that we may add them to our prayers and intentions in this new year, for we do not walk alone but in community with one another. This gift of prayer is something the Sisters of Visitation and those in community with them wish to offer each of you. We await your intentions.

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Elizabeth Eilers Sullivan is a 1993 graduate of the Mendota Heights Visitation; she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with her husband and three sons. She is a freelance writer who is passionate about motherhood and sharing Salesian Spirituality . We are happy to feature her here as a guest blogger from time to time.


Robin · January 2, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Love the poem….
What I’m praying for this year. To heal rapidly and completely from the two fractures I got in my lumbar spine on Christmas after a fall.
To abide in CHrist and to share the love he gives with others more freely and without hesitation.
For Christians to come together in love and unity.
For the church to reach out to the least of these; homeless, hungry, immigrants, prisoners and sick.
FOr help for Haiti
And peace…

Betty Lou Miller · January 2, 2011 at 10:32 pm

That our hearts, homes, families, neighborhoods, parishes, political parties, countries will be healed from brokenness, we pray.

Jody Tigges · January 3, 2011 at 12:19 pm

This poem has come to me in three different forms, from three different people, in three different places in the past week. Coincidence? I think not.

What I pray for this year.
Good health for all
A house for a young family that are looking
A new pregnancy for a family that wants to add to their family.
A new job Continued blessings on the dear Sisters
Peace in North Mpls and throughout the world
That all people see Christ in one another
For a deepening of faith
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SKatherine · January 3, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Beth, I end my day with the calming thought and prayer you chose to share with us. Thank you so much. Sr. Katherine

Elizabeth · January 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Thank you all for sharing your prayers and intentions for the New Year. I will pass them onto the Sisters and all who walk with them and ask that they too pray for your intentions, prayers, wishes and hopes for 2011. with love.

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