November has ended and December has begun; a phenomenon of calendar-changing that takes place twelve times every year. On the one hand, it is a day to reflect on what has happened the past month as you deal with the reality that you have lived one more bit of your life. On the other, it is a mini new beginning – a ‘mini-ginning’ if you will – filled with opportunities to live with deeper faith, more joy and greater compassion. Embrace this special day as God’s gift on which you both learn from the past and prepare for the future.