I was wondering if you have any suggestions for spiritual New Year’s Resolutions?
I think it’s a great idea to make a resolution for your spiritual life for 2009. Of course, each person will be different in what God is calling them to do, so I encourage you to think and pray about it. Once you do decide, write it down, and keep checking how you are doing regularly. Here are some suggestions to think about:
1) Pray more/Pray better. I strongly suggest signing up for one hour a week of Eucharistic Adoration in our chapel. For personal prayer, consider spending a certain amount of time every day. Consider even scheduling the time and writing it down to increase your chances of doing it!
2) Read/Better understand the Bible. Consider joining a Bible study. Msgr. Charles has a study—check the bulletin for details. There is also a women’s group. Or buy a book, or best of all simply start reading your Bible (the Gospels are the best place to begin).
3) Connect to the community. Consider signing up for a Christ Renews His Parish retreat (will also help with prayer and the Bible). Or, consider joining another group such as the Mothers of Young Children, Knights of Columbus, Men of Curé, Youth Group, or one of the many other parish groups.
4) Serve others. Consider joining a ministry at Mass, helping with the St. Mary’s Kitchen, Sr. Julie’s “I Care” Ministry, or find a local cause where you can make a difference.
5) Better live your vocation. Consider spending more time with your family, praying with your spouse or family, or going on a marriage retreat. For single people, consider giving more time in prayer, in service to others, or with family members.
Questions? Need details? Check the bulletin or the website (www.cure-of-ars.org) or call the office. What’s my spiritual resolution? Hmmm, maybe to do better in finding a balance in life by being better at taking a day off each week—part of my way of keeping holy the Sabbath. Happy New Year!
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