A lot of people take the start of a new year as an opportunity to work on things in their life. Whether it’s losing weight, reading more, or a work-related goal, we completely support whatever improvements you set out to make. And if you don’t set out to make any changes, that’s okay too. You can make life changes any time you want, but there’s something about making them at the beginning of a new year that people find enticing. We figured that some of you may be looking to make faith based improvements to your life in the upcoming year, so here are some good Catholic New Year’s resolutions!
Catholic New Year’s Resolutions
Attending Daily or Weekly Mass
This is an easy one! Sometimes we fall into spiritual ruts in life. When you stop attending Mass, it’s easy to let it snowball into absences of months or even years. God wants you to come home! Whether you already attend weekly Mass and would like to take the next step to becoming a daily Communicant or you haven’t come in years and want to start coming on Sundays again, just do it! It’s easy to let not attending Mass snowball into long absences, but it’s just as easy to let attending Mass snowball into regular attendance.
Regularly Going to Confession
We could all use more of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. A lot of people fear saying their sins, it means owning up to them for real. The thing is we have nothing to fear! Are you sorry for what you did? Will you strive to not do it again? God will forgive you. That’s the beauty of Reconciliation. God is forgiving, loving and kind. Plus you can’t beat that “just walked out of Confession” feeling! Check out your local parish’s schedule and make a point to go back on a regular basis.
Volunteer at Your Parish
So many people want to “get more involved” with their Church, but “don’t know how”. Here are a few ideas: offer to teach a CCD class, become a Eucharistic minister or lector, or just offer your time. We bet that if you call your Church’s parish center they’ll be able to find volunteer work that fits your skill set. It’s a great way to make new friends in your parish as well!
Read the Bible Regularly
Whether it’s daily, weekly, or even hourly, just commit! Pick out a book of the Bible you’ve never read from before and work your way through it. You’ll be surprised how much you can learn! It doesn’t have to be much, maybe a passage each day? Try anchoring your resolution with a specific time of day, like first thing in the morning or just before bed. It’s easier to form a habit when you perform an action at the same time each day.
Pray the Rosary
You could join a group like the Rosary Altar Society or pray the rosary on your own. You can pray the entire rosary, a single decade or 10 rosaries a day. The point is to just do it (it’s a reoccurring theme here!). If you’re timid about committing to praying the rosary daily, try a decade a day or one rosary a week. We bet if you start the habit, you’ll be praying the rosary more and more as time goes on.
These are just some ideas for you as you look to create a Catholic New Year’s Resolution! Hopefully one of them inspires you to take up a new habit next year. God bless all of you and may next year bring you peace, love and hope.