By: Rev. Jose Eugenio Hoyos
We may have finished 2010 with a sense of nostalgia, but a new year is a great opportunity to make a serious assessment of the positive and negative aspects of our lives. The key is to be self-reflective and to honestly evaluate ourselves so that we can improve our personal lives, relationships, family ties, friendships, work and projects.
We may look at the past year and at the goals we have not met and ask, “What happened in this particular instance? Why didn’t I put in more effort? How many of my personal resolutions did I keep?”
Now is a good time to commit ourselves again to firm resolutions. Certainly, we may have many goals, but I recommend that you commit only to three to five of them and work on those for the rest of 2011.
I would suggest including some of the following:
- Make God a priority in everything.
- Learn to pray the Rosary or visit the Blessed Sacrament at least three times a week.
- Commit to praying the novena and Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m. and at the Angelus at noon and 6 p.m.
- Learn and practice the Works of Mercy.
- Rid yourself of extra spiritual weight. Instead of spending more time in the gym, consider the important spiritual exercise of ridding yourself of sin through participating regularly in the Sacrament of Penance.
- Stay active in your parish: Consider participating as a lector, usher or a cantor. The Church also offers several ministries where you can personally encounter Christ such as the Legion of Mary, the Charismatic Renewal, Cursillo, Bible study, etc.
- Get plenty of rest and sleep, but not during the Holy Mass!
- Commit to being a joyful person who radiates peace and begins each day praying to the Holy Spirit.
- Practice generosity to the Church, to charities and to those in need.
If at the end of 2011, if you can say that you have honestly met three of your goals, you will know with certainty that you are pursuing holiness and the path to heaven! May God Bless you in 2011!