New Year’s Resolutions

Eliminating Obstacles Between Christ and Us in 2021

"Christ the Consolator" (detail) by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

As I considered what to write for this post in the first week of 2021, I reflected on years of well-intended resolutions to lose weight, go to daily Mass, pick up a new hobby, play more tennis, etc. which ended in failure as my desires clashed with the reality of my busy schedule and stubborn resistance to change. I like […]

Focus on the Lord this Advent

We should allow the clarion call from this great saint to reverberate in our souls. Today we enter the Advent Season. It is past time to get ready… One of my strongest, most enduring memories from my childhood is the time spent preparing for Christmas. We did not have any family traditions involving the Advent Wreath or the Jesse Tree. And most certainly, like all […]

What Goals and Mary Have in Common

Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

I’ve always been a fan of New Year’s resolutions and goal-making, despite a nice dose of cynicism acquired from years of failure and burning myself out on unattainable targets. Last year, I revisited resolutions and made a few strides in the right direction. No shock: I won some, I lost some. Despite my best efforts, the exercise thing wobbled. Despite my […]

6 Failed Resolutions and 1 Surefire Resolution

I love resolutions. Whether it’s an attempt at small monthly goals or the blank slate of a new year, I have always been motivated by setting goals and making plans. That said, I’m in a stretch of zilch with resolutions. For the last few years, I haven’t made them because…well, because life is a resolution enough! Maybe it’s the endless […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great

“There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside.” (St. Basil the Great, Bishop and Doctor of the Church) January 2 is the Memorial of St. Basil the Great (A.D. 330 – 379) and St. Gregory Nazianzen […]

Practical Help for Prayer in 2013

A Woman at Prayer

How about giving up sin for your New Year’s resolution.? That’s as highly desirable as it is improbable, so I purpose the second best thing in 2013: pray more. It can be a stand-alone resolution or a complement to any other. More exercise?  Pray for incentive and pray during exercise. Dieting? Pray for resolve. Giving up smoking?  You need to […]

My Digital Resolutions for the New Year

Happy New Year to all of our readers – I sincerely hope that your holiday celebrations were filled with peace and joy. These first few days of 2012 find me returning to my desk and computer after a nice long break over the Christmas holiday to savor time with family and friends. The excitement and busyness of the past few […]

8 Key Questions for Making a New Year’s Resolution that Lasts

We are coming to that time when we’ll make that big New Year’s resolution. Often times we don’t think through the price or the consequences of resolutions said in haste. The result is that we usually are disappointed with ourselves and feel further behind than we had prior to starting out. There’s nothing wrong with making resolutions on January 1st […]