New Year’s 2011, traditionallyÂ a time for renewal which rarely happens and for resolutions which few people keep, is upon us and the airwaves and blogosphere are awash in reminders of what notablesÂ died this past year, ofÂ what happened of consequence in 2010, and of what we can expect and/or hope for in the next year.Â
As for New Year resolutions, I’ve rarely made any ever since I resolved to stop supporting the New York Yankees during the Billy Martin-George Steinbrenner wars, then relented and changed my mind after they made peace, then re-resolved after those wars resumed, then relented again.Â
I finally gave up on New Year resolutions.Â
Steinbrenner is one of those who succumbed to the inevitable in 2010, besting Billy by someÂ 21 years and thereby winning the ultimate battle.Â So, too, did bunches of other notables die in 2010,Â most of whom should be allowed to rest in peace, others of whomÂ should posthaste be sent to Hell.Â
Americans prefer to say that people “have passed,” but they don’t pass anywhere.Â They just died.Â
However, enough of that.Â
Lots, much too much in fact, happened in 2010 C.E., (common era), previously known as 2010 A.D. (in the year of Our Lord) until P.C. decreed that “Anno Domini”Â was simply far too religious, too much to bearÂ in ourÂ secular world.Â
Little of what happened, Â events I will leave to the mainstream media and the real media to detail with theirÂ facts and fabrications on everything from earthquakes from which some people can never seem to recover to theÂ almost endless Gulf oil spill to the seemingly endless wars in the Mideast, will directly impact most Americans.
Those wars do relate to aÂ personal Christmas anecdote which says more about the state of where America is in 2010 and where we are going in 2011 and beyond than we care to think about:Â A good priest at Midnight Mass offered Christmas prayers for virtually everyone, for the destitute, the sick, the elderly, the disabled, the unfortunates of our world, prisoners,Â and parishoners.Â
His invocations wereÂ heartwarming.Â
However, he omitted invoking prayers from the faithfulÂ for the hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in our armed forces and helping to insure that he would not be required some day to practice sharia instead of Catholicism.Â I thought it fitting to politely remind him of that serious omission.
His response:Â “Well, we can’t always pray for everyone!”Â My response:Â “Our troops should be a priority.”Â He made no further comment. Â That may have been a rude reminder but I did wish him aÂ Merry Christmas!Â
What IÂ hope for in 2011 is, regrettably, not the same as what I expect.Â I hope for a continuation of the Christmas spirit of peace on Earth and good will to all men, and to all women, of course.Â What I expect, at best, is continuation of the same since there is no reasonable expectation for any radical change.Â
I do have one other hope, that my priest remembers to pray for the troops next year which will save me the onerous burden of having to chastise him again.Â
One can always hope, right?Â