The Roman god Janus, after whom January is named, is always depicted with two faces, since he looks to the future and the past at the same time. Janus is associated with doorways, gates, passages, beginnings, endings and time. He is also considered the guardian of peace. Like Janus, people often look to the past and ahead to the future during January. Savoring the past and sauntering into the future are important aspects of a new year. It is a time to give thanks for the blessings of the past year and to reflect on how meandering into the new year lets us behold the beauty of the people and surroundings that are a part of life. In passing through doorways, gates, time or the transitions of life, may peace abound every step of the way this month and year.
By Michaela Hedican, OSB