Our Take: A few suggested resolutions for 2012
By OSV staff - OSV Newsweekly, 1/1/2012
It’s Jan. 1, a time when many people are eager to reset the clock and “start over.” With the new year comes resolutions on how they will improve their lives. According to the U.S. government, the following resolutions are among the most popular with Americans.
◗ Drink less alcohol
◗ Get a better education
◗ Get a better job
◗ Get fit
◗ Lose weight
◗ Manage debt
◗ Manage stress
◗ Quit smoking
◗ Reduce, reuse and recycle
◗ Save money
◗ Take a trip
◗ Volunteer to help others
Worthy causes, all of them, but what about a list for Catholics who would like to deepen their faith lives in 2012? Try these, culled from various resources:
◗ Do a better job of being Catholic. This doesn’t just mean attending Mass each Sunday, but seeing everything you do through the lens of faith. It means reading Catholic periodicals and books, and keeping up with Catholic radio, television and social media.
◗ Be a better steward of God’s gifts. Saving money and managing debt are good starts, to be sure, but remember that our first fruits should go to charity and helping others (For more financial-related resolutions, see Page 17).
◗ Read Scripture. Spend at least a couple of minutes a day reading the revealed word of God and meditating on it. This will be so important as the Church prepares to open the Year of Faith in October.
◗ Get right with God. One of the best ways to do this is the Sacrament of Penance. Increase the number of times you go to confession.
◗ Persevere. A whopping 88 percent of resolutions will end in failure, according to a 2007 British study. Remember that being a better person and a better Catholic is a lifetime proposition, not something that can be accomplished in a mere 12 months.