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Haven’t made a New Year’s resolution yet? Try these

January 9, 2012

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It’s not that I didn’t know 2012 was coming.

It’s not that I ran out of time.

I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions — other than to lose weight, of course — because:

a: I’ve rarely kept them for very long anyway (see “lose weight” above), or

b: I couldn’t think of anything I really wanted to commit to, or

c: Both a and b.

But a few ideas have crossed my desk recently, and now, even though the first week of January is already past us, I thought these might be resolutions I could live with the rest of 2012. See what you think.

1. Have a real conversation: Every day, have one real conversation with another person where you do more listening and less talking. A “real conversation” isn’t about the weather or a silly YouTube video. Ask someone how they’re doing and listen to what is going on in their life. (Credit for this resolution goes to Eric Duffy, youth minster at St. Thomas Becket parish in Eagan, MN.

2. Change your conversation starter question: Don’t ask people what they do for a living, ask them if they are being faithful to their dreams. (I forget the source. If you know, I’ll be happy to give credit.)

3. Make peace with the new Roman Missal by reading it: This comes from Father David Kohner, pastor of St. John the Evangelist parish in Little Canada, MN. We veteran Catholics who have had 40 some years to become comfortable with the prayers during liturgy need to work at becoming just as comfortable with the new translation (whether we want to or not!). Father Dave’s suggestion: Take 5-10 minutes to pray through a small section of one of the most commonly used Eucharistic Prayers (I, II and III). They can be found on the Internet by clicking here.

Do you have other suggestions? Love to read them. Send them in a comment to this post. Maybe your resolution with help someone else take a step toward wholeness and holiness.

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