New Year's Resolutions and Your Catholic Faith

New Year's Resolutions and Your Catholic Faith
With the New Year comes new hope for a new beginning. A new beginning is a perfect time to decide to strengthen your Catholic faith life.

The New Year is here and it’s that time of year when many people make New Year’s resolutions, oftentimes only to break them soon thereafter.

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
Do you keep them?

I seem to be one of those who make them and break them... and then feel bad for not keeping them. So I haven’t made any real resolutions in the past few years. I’ve decided that it might be better to make a few (realistic) New Year’s goals.

Why not tie your faith to some of your New Year’s resolutions/goals? Below are some ideas to implement doing just that.

Prayer – Add more prayer to your daily life. There are many ways to pray. Traditional prayers like the Rosary , talking to our Lord, admiring his wonderful creations, quieting yourself in the presence of God through centering prayer are only a few ways to enrich your life with daily prayer. Get a daily prayer book or daily Catholic devotions book… and read it. Living Faith is an excellent resource.

Faith Formation – No matter how old you are (children and adults alike), there are religious education programs designed to deepen your faith knowledge and formation. Find out what your parish offers and join a program or Bible Study group.

Be Active and Get Involved – Going to Mass on Sunday is only part of being a Catholic Christian. There are so many ministries within the Catholic Church and all of them need volunteers to keep them running.

What ministries are offered within your parish?
What interests you?
Do you see a need within your parish that’s not being met?

Talk to your pastor, you might just be able to initiate bringing a new ministry into your parish community.

Attend Mass – Of course we should always try to attend Mass on Sundays and other Holy Days of Obligation, but daily Mass is celebrated in most parishes. Try to attend Mass as often as your schedule will allow. What better way to start the day than with our Lord?

Take Your Christianity with You – Don’t leave it in the church pew when you leave Mass. Strive to live as Jesus commands us to do so. By enriching your Catholic faith through going to Mass, attending faith formation programs, spending time with our Lord in daily prayer and being involved in your parish community, you will have more knowledge and tools to accomplish this goal.

Wishing you and your family a very blessed and wonderful New Year.

Peace in Christ,
© Melissa Knoblett-Aman

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