Fr. Todd Bulletin, January 5 2020

 

Dear Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s,

Happy New Year!  ’Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions: things we want to take on that can help transform our lives.  People can wonder what some Catholic New Year’s Resolutions might be.  To help with that, I borrowed a few from an article written by a young woman named Meg Hunter-Kilmer.  She grew up Catholic but stopped practicing her faith until she had a powerful encounter with Jesus.  If you want to know more of her story, go here: https://www.piercedhands.com/

  1. Read the Bible. Attached to here is a link to a plan to help you read the entire Bible in one year.  This plan has you reading different parts of the Bible at the same time so you will not be simply starting from the front until you reach the back.  https://www.piercedhands.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/One-Year-Bible-Chronological.pdf  We will be picking up our own Bible Study in the second week of January and we will be going through Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians.

  2. Read something worthwhile: a book about a saint, a book about a particular aspect of the faith that you want to learn more about, a book that is simply good literature and thus is worth reading. There are four seasons in the year, so a simple rule of thumb can be one book per season.  (Since I love reading, I might be slightly biased with this one!  If you need a recommendation for something, let me know.)

  3. Pray every single day. Ask the Lord what the minimum might be: the amount of time you will spend in prayer every day no matter what kind of day it has been. Fighting for time with the Lord will transform your life. Last year, the whole Diocese celebrated a Year of Prayer and had these suggestions/challenges:   *  Married with kids at home: 10 minutes of daily prayer.   *  Married empty nesters: 30 minutes of daily prayer. *  Married retired: one hour of daily prayer.  *  Single: one hour of daily prayer.  *  Priests: two hours of daily prayer plus Mass.  *  Deacons: one hour of daily prayer.

  4. Forgive. Forgiveness is a choice, not a feeling. Make a resolution to forgive somebody for whom you’ve been harboring resentment, then do something tangible like offering a Mass for them or placing a picture of them before an image of the Blessed Mother or just daily praying, “Father, I forgive N. Please give me the grace to forgive him/her.”

  5. Remember that when we fall, we get back up! Part of any resolution is learning to be in it for the long haul—with all the twists and turns that entails.

God Bless,

Fr. Todd

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