New Year Resolutions….a Reflection from the Diocese
With the New Year beginning comes the practice of making resolutions to turn over a new leaf…complete an unfinished project…lose some weight…exercise more…you name it.
Our Catholic Faith also reminds us of the importance of making resolutions. As the Catechism says, “…it is not easy…to maintain moral balance. Christ’s gift of salvation offers us the grace necessary to persevere in the pursuit of the virtues” (CCC 1811).
Our time on this earth is a journey full of ups and downs that challenge us to remain true to our baptismal call. We are asked to renew our commitment to Christ each and every day of our lives, to make a resolution, if you will, to always say “Yes” to God. Even when we fail we can always start over. In this Year of Faith let us resolve to go deeper into our faith. Here are just a few suggestions.
- Consider reading a bit of the Catechism each day, or a chapter of the Bible, or a document from Vatican II, or some spiritual work by a saint.
- In appreciation of the awesome gift of God’s grace, consider approaching the sacrament of reconciliation more frequently or encouraging someone you know who might benefit from this encounter with God’s forgiveness and healing.
- Consider using a daily examen to help you grow in your relationship with Christ
- Adopt or renew an individual/classroom/family devotion that would enrich your experience of Catholic Tradition.