Another year gone by and you are hoping to energize 2019 with some great resolutions! But wait, most people statistically abandon those resolutions within the first two weeks of January. So what is going on? Are we putting too many unrealistic expectations on ourselves or do we just lack the focus to get them done?
To be fair, resolutions are difficult. If they weren’t, we’d have checked them off in our “done columns” long ago. So this year, maybe choosing the right resolution, and one that really matters, will make the difference. Here is our suggestion to start the new year on the right foot.
Prayer life. When it comes to today’s Catholics, one thing most of us can agree on is that we sorely lack a strong prayer life. Whether it’s being too busy or, simply forgetting, we need to challenge ourselves with some commitment to get it done. Making time in the morning after we wake, or at night before bed is often a good time to set aside for prayer. But just as with anything else, prayer life can suffer and get left to the wayside. So who can we be accountable to when we are talking about prayer and help us avoid putting it off or neglecting it altogether? Ourselves? Certainly, but we know how that turns out each year. God? Of course, but we also know that our prayers aren’t always answered so easily or with obvious clarity. Enter the spiritual director.
A spiritual director is someone that you choose to help guide and motivate you. And he or she can often help you discern what God is saying (or not saying) when you pray. Looking for those answers isn’t easy and we can all use a little help. And the journey to be a better person by increasing your prayer time, commitment to making mass every week and even reminding you to go to confession on a regular basis will come easier with a guide. Whether it’s your favorite priest, someone who inspires you as a mentor, or a close friend or family member you can confide in or pray with, a spiritual director can be a key component in keeping your prayer life on track.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas Season and a Happy New Year from Catholic Seniors!