Statistically,most people have cave in on their New Year’s resolutions within 48 hours. I don’t know where they get these stats — After all, no one ever polled me on my resolution results.
Yet experience tells us that these stats are probably valid. So how can we do a better job of keeping our resolutions?
Very simple. Make a resolution you can easily keep:
I’m not promoting mediocrity. The keys to keeping a meaningful New Year’s resolution are:
- Make it meaningful
- Make it doable
- Make it satisfying
The Year of Faith offers the oportunity to do just that. This should be a year when we commit ourselves to strenghening and deepening our faith. To be more concrete, we can pray more with our family, read more spiritual books, make a good retreat, set a side a regular day to go to confession, study the catechims and the Bible, get more involved in the parish — the list goes on.
As today is also the feast of Mary the Mother of God, the Church also reminds us to place our New Year under Mary’s care. A good way to start off your resolve to keep your resolution is to make a special consecration prayer to the Blessed Virgin to offer her the fruits of this Year of Faith.
Here is a prayer of consecration to Mary from Catholic Online:
My Queen and my Mother, I give myself entirely to you; and to show my devotion to you, I consecrate to you this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Wherefore, good Mother, as I am your own, keep me, guard me, as your property and possession. Amen.
Happy New Year!