Therefore, each and everyone of us need to intensify our evangelization efforts as we enter this pivotal year. We can't look back and say "what if" for we must live with what we have, who we are, and what God has given us and be grateful to Him for everything...and be obedient to Him in everything. The Persecutions of the faithful will increase world-wide and we must be ready. That's why we have escalated this publication to a daily because of the urgency of the situation. Our faith is too vital, too precious, too important to hide under a bushel basket or to allow to be watered down. We must stand and fight, pick up our cross daily and follow Him wherever He leads us as we come to the crossroads of civilization as we know it. Christ didn't look back, neither should we. The soul does not look back, but rather looks ahead, yearning to be reunited with God in Heavenly Bliss forever. Let us take to heart and put into action the counsel of Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 9: 24 and run the good race. "Do you not know that those who run in a race, all indeed run, but one who receives the prize? So run as to obtain it. And everyone in a contest abstains from all things - and they indeed to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one." No wonder the Blessed Virgin Mary has asked us in everyone of her messages during this last century to fast and pray. Have you ever noticed that the larger your cross the better you run? Rather than bogging us down, when we willingly carry His cross He gives us wings of fortitude to not only finish the race, but win it! Through the sacraments, prayer, fasting, penance and conversion of heart we will be in perfect shape for that extra spurt at the end. That is the only way we will be in spiritual shape for the race of our lives. So quicken your step and fasten that cross firmly on your shoulders in the relay race of your life, lest ol' hornhead gain on you as we head down the backstretch this coming year toward the finish line. Willingly carrying our cross will get us through the final obstacles with Heavenly colors as we fly down the stretch toward the Ultimate Prize!