Wednesday, January 03, 2007

New Year's Resolutions

Have you made any New Year's resolutions? Some people don't bother because they get disappointed with themselves when they don't keep them but I think that's the wrong attitude. As Fr Julian over at Friends with Christ likes to remind us we are not Pelagians: we do not believe that our salvation depends on our strength of will or upon our stoic determination. It is good to make New Year's resolutions because it shows a desire to improve and an underlying generosity.
Of course, I'm not here thinking about those typical resolutions to shed a few pounds or give up smoking. We can have all sorts of mixed motives for resolutions like that! What I've really got in mind are those resolutions that will help us in our interior life: to spend some time in prayer each day; to examine our conscience at night; to go to confession more regularly; to get to Mass during the week as well as on Sundays; to pray the Rosary each day.
It's not a god idea to adopt loads of resolutions. If you're not doing any of the above suggestions why not adopt one of them and see it through to the end of the month. By then it may well have become second nature and you could try adding something else.

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