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New Year’s Message


by Paul Hourihan, edited by Anna Hourihan (Excerpt from a taped lecture)

sunrise on the waterThe New Year is almost here. We hope you’re starting some resolutions to become even better than what you are and have been. But we don’t need a New Year’s Day for that, do we? Every day is New Year’s Day; every day is Christmas.

In our spiritual lives, every day is Christmas because we celebrate the sense of joy and oneness that Christmas brings to ordinary people during the holiday season. We celebrate New Year’s Day too in every day of our lives by the resolution we make when we wake up in the morning, such as “this day let me be better; let me practice change in myself today” and similar resolutions at the start of each day.

New Year’s Day is for those who are not practicing spiritual life but need the benefit of a few days or a week or two to give them extra motivation to change their lives—this is all good.

Meanwhile, as the Christmas season passes and a new year is upon us we realize that the celebrations with others that we enjoy are, in a sense, symbols of what we are doing in spiritual life. Christmas is a symbol not only of Christ’s birth but the ever-renewed birth of something in us each day. We don’t know what to call it, but we think it is the beginning of what eventually might be a rebirth of spirit; New Year’s Day is a symbol of that rebirth in our will and resolution to turn over a new leaf.

We have 365 New Year’s days to be authentic aspirants!


  1. Meghan Hourihan-Kennedy December 29, 2017

    Beautifully said.

    • Anna Hourihan December 29, 2017

      Thanking you, Meghan, for Dr. Paul.
      Wishing you all the best for the New Year!
      -Anna Hourihan

      • Meghan Hourihan-Kennedy December 30, 2017

        Thank you Anna.
        Wishing you all the best for the New Year as well!



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