01-06-2019 What Are Your New Year's Spiritual Resolutions?

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WHAT ARE YOUR NEW YEAR'S SPIRITUAL RESOLUTIONS?
What are your New Year’s Spiritual Resolutions?

This is the time of year when we routinely make our New Year’s resolutions to change aspects of our bodily lives, such as the perennial resolution to lose weight or exercise more. However, we are more than physical beings. We are also spiritual beings. As Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin SJ (d. 1955), a scientist, philosopher, and mystic stated, “We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

So at this time of year we should be asking ourselves what New Year’s “Spiritual Resolutions” will we make? To do this, we must first self-reflect and discern where are we today in our relationships with God, ourselves, others, and things of the world?

Do we experience God’s love and presence in our lives? Do we seek to pray and commune with God and with the People of God? Is God the center of our life? Do we demonstrate our love of God through our thoughts, words, and actions? Do we strive to inform our conscience? Do we seek mercy and forgiveness when we “miss the mark” (sin) in doing the will of God? Are we able to forgive others when they miss the mark? Do we experience the twelve fruits of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control, and chastity in our lives? (see CCC, no. 1832; Gal. 5:22-23). Do we live virtuous lives of faith, hope, and love? Do we strive to love others as God unconditionally loves us? Do we feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, or visit the sick or imprisoned? Do we see, hear, and experience Christ in the “least of our brothers and sisters”? (Mt. 25:31-46). The wisdom of others may assist us in our discernment better than just our own self-evaluation.

If we fall short in any of these areas let us choose to change just one habit that can lead to our spiritual transformation and growth this year. For example, we can resolve to be more patient, kind, and forgiving with ourselves and with others.

We can also resolve to dedicate at least ten minutes quieting our mind and sitting in silence each day with God. We can commit time each day to read and reflect on the Daily Gospel Reading. We can attend a Daily Mass. We can practice the Daily Examen each evening before retiring to bed? We can commit ourselves to participate more frequently in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. We can join and participate in a ministry that promotes justice and peace or serves those in need.

Habits and worldviews can be changed. There are many spiritual practices available to help us to be open to the power of the Spirit to transform us. Resolve now to engage fully in at least one or more of these practices..
Reflect on Your Experience

What can you realistically do to dedicate more time in your day to spend alone with God?

What do you think prevents you from fully experiencing any of the gifts and fruits of the Spirit? 
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults   Catecismo Catolico de Los Estadios Unidos para los Adultos  
Compendium on the Social Doctrine of the Church    Compendio de la Doctrina Social de la Iglesia
Videos
"New Year's Spiritual Resolutions" (Bishop Robert Barron)

"The Secret to Sticking to a New Year's Resolution" (Fr. Mike Schmitz)

"Seven New Year's Resolutions for Catholics"

"Pope Francis Ten New Year's Resolutions for You"

"New Year's Resolutions - How to Make Unbreakable Goals"
Music
"We Three Kings of Orient Are"

"Strength of My Life"

"What a Beautiful Name"
Other Resources
"New Year, New You: Spiritual Resolutions"

"Why Resolutions Fail"

"How Do I Keep My New Year's Resolution to be Holy?"

"Eight Spiritual Resolutions for Catholics"

"15 Catholic New Year's Resolutions"

"Ten Simple Spiritual Resolutions for the New Year"

"Ten Amazing New Year's Resolutions for Your Spiritual Life"

"Spiritual Resolutions for a New Year of Grace"

"How to Change Unhealthy Habits"

"How to Start New Habits that Actually Stick"

"Five Reasons Why New Year's Resolutions Fail"

Other Prayer and Spiritual Practices

Social Services and Other Charitable Resources

Other Resources on Catholic Social Teaching
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