“What do most people mean by Happy New Year?… that you flourish, that you make plenty of money, that the taxman doesn’t get you, that you get a rise in salary, that prices fall…” – Francisco Fernández-Carvajal
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In this quote, Francisco Fernández-Carvajal is highlighting some of the common materialistic hopes and desires that people associate with the new year. He notes that many view a “Happy New Year” as meaning financial prosperity – making money, paying less taxes, getting a salary increase, and even lower prices. The quote suggests Fernández-Carvajal sees these as surface-level interpretations focused on wealth and expenses.
His implication seems to be that while money and costs certainly impact well-being, true happiness is deeper and encompasses non-financial factors like health, relationships, purpose and personal growth.
The “In Conversation with God” series by Francis Fernández-Carvajal is a collection of daily meditations and reflections. Each volume focuses on a specific time period, like Advent or Ordinary Time, and provides short passages intended to help readers meditate on Scripture and have a spiritual conversation with God throughout the day.
Fernández-Carvajal’s gentle, thoughtful style and focus on developing intimacy with God through daily prayer and reflection. The financial quote above is drawn from (In Conversation with God – Volume 1 Part 2)