Saturday, January 01, 2011

2011 New Year's Resolutions, Ironic Catholic Style

What good is it to have a bully pulpit blog and not aim high? What good is it to be 99% trained as a spiritual director and not kick some spiritual butt? OK, Catholics everywhere, listen up. I want you to put down that crappy everyday resolution to lose weight, kick the caffeine/smoking habit, and drink less Valerian tea. You can do better than that! And I will help: to that end, I present the official Ironic Catholic Resolutions for 2011.

1. Keep the Ten Commandments.
2. Pray twice as often as you do.
3. Go weekly to the desert of your soul and wait for God.

(--what, you're complaining already? What did you think, you'd be able to go to Target, buy a weight loss DVD, and be done with this? This is effort, people. Continuing--)

4. Get to know a saint. Personally.
5. Be inspired by the communion of saints, but be yourself.
6. Find out who "yourself" is by asking God to show you. (Maybe in that desert time, #3)
7. Go to confession. Then do it again within a month.
8. I'm assuming you're going to Mass on Sundays. If not, do it. If you are, resolve to go to at least occasional daily mass (if possible) during Lent. Or start early.
9. Cull your excess and give it to the poor.
10. Then pray this, and mean it:

Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.

Happy New Year and feast of Mary, the Mother of God, everyone!

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Karen said...

Great resolutions! I think I can do some/most.

Pray twice as much as you normally do...that's about where I would like to be! Prayer is an ongoing struggle here.

That prayer is my all-time favorite!

GirlCanChant said...

The prayer of St. Francis is great, but when it comes to prayers where you really mean it, I love the Suscipe (frequently attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola):

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my entire will,
All I have and call my own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours; do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and your grace,
That is enough for me.

Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Great post!