2016: What Kind Of Year Lies Ahead?

As we approach the end of 2015, and await the midnight bells to welcome in the new year, it might be helpful to reflect on the usefulness (or otherwise) of making new year resolutions.  Here are some thoughts to kick start the discussion (and jokes are welcome, as well, always in the category of “good clean fun”)    happy-new-year-animated-gifs-images

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

My New Year’s resolution is to stop hanging out with people who ask me about my New Year’s resolutions.

 If 2015 was a person, I’d sue him for pain and suffering and lost wages.

I have only one resolution. To rediscover the difference between wants and needs. May I have all I need and want all I have. Happy New Year!

Finally… Alongside reflecting on our new year’s resolutions (if any), and sharing some fun stories and jokes,  if you’re in a more serious mood, be a spoilsport, feel free to share your thoughts on  what it is that you would most want to see happen in 2016 in both the world and the Church.  Over to thee!  

42 responses

  1. The first thing to put in your new diaries, folks, is the planned Catholic Truth Conference, on Saturday,18th June in Glasgow. Already, some of those who know some of the details, are prophesying that it will be “a stormer”, so you won’t want to miss it. Make sure, then, that 2016 really does turn out to be a “very happy new year” for you by marking the date in your diary without delay. Further information soon, that’s a promise!

    • Yes, it looks a cracker! Can’t wait….imagine persuading Pope Francis to perform the Consecration of Russia at the Catholic Truth Conference in Communion with all the bishops of the world and the editor of Catholic Truth! Amazing!

  2. In the last month of 2015 we’ve been visited here in the UK by storms Desmond, Eva and Frank. That’s a lot of storms left for next year, all the way up the alphabet to Z. You know me, always willing to jump in with a comforting thought!!

  3. Editor,

    “You gotta love it!”

    What? Being equated with a wind and watter-spewing depression? Surely not?

    Ah yes, the old ones are definitely the best!!

  4. A very happy New Year to one and all!

    Does anybody really believe that no lives were lost or injured in that hotel fire in Dubai?

  5. Right, Spoilsport here. What was the headline item on the BBC channel 130 news that I heard to start 2016? ISIS threats of suicide bombers close railway stations in Munich as New Year celebrations get under way. Why does the BBC and the rest of the world’s media constantly feed these inhuman monsters’ propaganda machine?

    • Christina,

      Maybe, cos, if we were in Munich, we wouldn’t want to be going to catch a train?

      I heard that the Chief of Police is called Mr Justin Case, so maybe he’s being over sensitive about the threats. Still, I think I’d call a cab, me, if Mr Case put the case to me, so to speak, that I just might end up in wards 1-25 of the Munich equivalent of the Royal Infirmary, if I headed for what’s left of the railway station …

      Just sayin’ … just in case 😀

      Happy New Year Christina! 😉

      • Silly Billy Ed, that was the headline news when I got up at 10.30 am (don’t panic – there was no Mass here today). The suicide scare was then more than 10 hours old and the stations had probably reopened. If ever a woman suffered! (Me, not you).

  6. Of course we’d all love to see the Consecration of Russia, as Our Lady asked, so that’s number 1.

    On a more frivolous note, and after spending too many hours in supermarkets recently, I’d like to make it law that women who have queued up at the food till should take that time to search the bottom of their handbags to find their purses and have their money ready to pay. It’s not a lot to ask, I’m not greedy.

    Happy New Year to one and all, from a very grumpy shopper!

    • Therese,

      My pet hate in supermarkets is having to wait while the check out girl counts a load of coupons for the shopper in front of me.

      Happy New Year from another grumpy shopper!

  7. This blog seems to have transmogrified into a cross between the Shopping Channel and Cartoon Time. All it needs now is recipes and ‘Word of the Day’ and Readers Digest Online will be suing. May I bring it back to its original purpose (if only temporarily) by relaying the following salutary tale?

    Two nuns going home by train for Christmas were in the dining-car when two young men sat opposite them, having decided that they would try to shock the religious. Said one, “I’m going home for my parents’ wedding: they think it’s about time.” The other replied, “Mine thought of getting married but turned it down as it’s too expensive.” One of the nuns then said, “Would one of you two bast**ds mind passing the mustard?”

    • Spudeater,

      As Athanasius said earlier, the old ones ARE the best. I’m turning a blind eye to your skirting very close to our “good clean fun” edge, because I can see that you are doing your best to get into the fun spirit of this blog. In other words…

      • Apologies,Ed. I’m just glad that you didn’t hear the actual conversation as apparently the nun in question didn’t use the asterisks.

        Here’s a less controversial effort:

        St. Thomas Aquinas was asked why he always had such big breakfasts. His defence was that one swallow doesn’t make a Summa.

  8. Thanks to everyone for their new year greetings, and for your patience with my cartoon contributions! I just couldn’t resist!

    I’ll close this thread now and we’ll exchange greetings again, please God, this time next year. 2017. The year of the 100th apparitions at Fatima.

    For now, the Catholic Truth team wish all our bloggers, readers and those dubbed as “lurkers”, every blessing and happiness in 2016.

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