way into January...how did that happen so fast?
Are you keeping up with your
resolutions? Hereís 2 more Spiritual
Resolutions for you to consider (plus a quick review
of the first 4):
Your Marian Devotion. Mary
is our spiritual mother and like our earthly mother,
she is there for us. We just need to open our
hearts to her.
more time for spiritual reading. Have
you found a good book? Or maybe, your
choice is the Good Book? Crack open the spine
and let the words enter and
open your heart and mind.
good stewardship a lifestyle. Take
some time to think and pray about your gifts
and how you use them. And then make a change...A
your Catholic faith with others.
Your action could be the touch of God that someone
so desperately needs in that moment. Reach out!
back regular penances. What?
Itís not Lent yet! No, itís not but the
saints of the
Church practiced penances in a habitual nature,
internally, externally, great and
small. At one time, Fridays outside of Lent were
days of fast and abstinence.
When the Church changed the eating of meat on
Fridays, outside of Lent,
it was meant for another form of penance to
continue. This practice was to
show reverence to the day of the week on which
our Lord died. Be creative.
act of service or additional
prayers or maybe even giving up meat on Fridays are
Penances arenít meant to be pleasant at first,
but the graces
that grow from them grow sweeter with time.
an extra day to Mass. Mass
is not only the source and summit of our faith,
it is the
source and summit of our very life. Try to
arrange or rearrange your schedule
to attend an additional
Mass each week or even a few extra days per month.
It may require a change in your travel route,
attending a neighboring parish
or even skipping lunch. Most daily Masses are
usually 30 minutes long. If there
is just no way to attend Mass, consider adding time
at your parish for Adoration
outside of Mass time,
even if just for 15 minutes. As you journey forward
into 2020, I hope and pray that you will make
great strides in your resolutions,
physical, mental, emotional,
financial and most of all, spiritual.
blessings to you and yours,