We mark the beginning of our new year with the selection of goals and ideals. We look at the old and wish for the new. We see the changes we wish for and the changes that are yet to be made in us. We wish to grow but realize we are still very much the same person from the last January 1st. Many of us become negative or pessimistic about resolutions, in that way we won’t later be hurt by our failures. But why is it as humans we desire so deeply to be better?
I think in many ways we are drawn to the holiness of God which is a simplicity as well as a deep complexity. There is a pureness to God in which we all strive to be like as we are made in his image and it is our innate desire to be like him. It is a God given hunger for his life and goodness in ourselves and others. For example: We wish to be better at using our time, we wish to be better for others, we wish to bring about goodness for others and for ourselves.
If it is one resolution that I may suggest to you it would be a grateful heart. Don’t turn off just yet! I know that this becomes a symptom of a sappy post but to be very real with you gratefulness is something that has been identified scientifically as well as spiritually as something that is enriching. All of Christian life is summed in one eternal event of gratitude which is entered into through Holy Mass, the summit of which is the Eucharist meaning ‘thanksgiving’ in greek. Not to mention the endless song the Church sings by praying the psalms at every hour is one of thanksgiving.
I think many times we select many resolutions which cause us failure in the new year. There are times as well we experience great success. But if I may be so bold to suggest one for you it is one that will bring about blessing to you and your family.
How do we practice gratitude in daily living? Just watch this short 5 minute clip:
"In the solitude and silence of the wilderness..., for their labor in the contest, God gives his athletes the reward they desire: a peace that the world does not know and joy in the Holy Spirit."
Husband & father of four, graduate from Quincy University and currently a grad student at Franciscan University. Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry for All Saints Parish since January 2012.