Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

The main difference between resolutions that work and those that don’t are the ones that stick around for the long haul are enveloped in grace and focus on excellence. The ones doomed to fail are armed with whips and require perfection.

New Year’s resolutions get a bad rep, for good reason—they’re impossible to keep. But I love making goals. There’s something about turning a calendar page to a new year that motivates our conscience. It’s a clean slate. We’re hopeful for the next 12 months.

I say use that to your advantage instead of pooh-poohing New Year’s resolutions’ stereotype. Make those goals. But do so realistically.

This year I have made only one resolution and that is a greater devotion to Our Lady through the daily recitation of the Rosary.

The Rosary is a key letting us into Mary’s heart, where we can sit with her, and talk things over, letting Christ’s light shine on the dark, cold corners of our mind and heart, and letting His grace heal and strengthen all that is wounded and weak in our lives and in the world….

This year I intend learning from our spiritual mother how to let God put order, peace, and wisdom into our lives, by “keeping all these things and reflecting on them in our hearts” through the Rosary. 

How about you, what resolutions have you made for this New Year?

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