My dear brethren in Christ Our Lord,
As we begin this new year 2016, we should make a number of resolutions that will help us grow in holiness and get closer to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Instead of making too many resolutions that will probably be impossible to fulfill, let’s make sure we set out to reach a reasonable number of goals.
Another important thing when we make new resolutions is to make sure that our goals are specific. To make non-specific goals is the biggest mistake people make when making new year’s resolutions. They make generic goals like: I want to be a better person… I want to be holier… I want to be a better Catholic… I want to have more devotion toward the Blessed Sacrament… even goals like ‘I want to be a better husband’ are too generic.
These are good goals but they are too generic and probably they will actually lead to nothing. What we want to do is to make specific goals, like this for example: instead of saying, ‘I am going to be a better person’, we could say ‘my goal is this: I am going to be more patient with people, and I am truly going to work on patience everyday’. This goal is specific because it is about one particular virtue, the virtue of patience… We can do the same with all the other virtues. They all matter.
And remember, we can achieve those goals if we pray and ask for the graces that we need and then use those graces. Our Lord is willing to provide His graces in abundance, but it is up to us whether we use them or not.
God bless you all.