Skip to content

Buy 1 Get 1 50% OFF - FREE Shipping $60+

5 Biblical New Year's resolutions all Catholics should aspire to

Free World Class Education
FREE Catholic Classes
Even if you practice one or two, all five are necessary to follow Christ's example.

Each year people firmly believe that this will be the year - the year they lose weight, the year they make more of an impression at work, the year something is better than the previous. But how many of us make New Year's resolutions to follow Christ?

New resolutions for the new year.

New resolutions for the new year.

Highlights

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
1/1/2021 (3 weeks ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: New Year, resolutions, Christ, prayer

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - New Year resolutions are popular near the beginning and end of each year, but very few people actually dedicate themselves to following their new proposals.

Though it is difficult to change habits or incorporate new ones, there are certain things all Catholics should aspire to each and every day of their lives.


Here are Catholic Online's top five resolutions every Catholic should make every single year:

Educate yourself.

Educate yourself (Swissnex).


5. Educate yourself

Proverbs 1:5 says, "Let the wise listen and learn yet more, and a person of discernment will acquire the art of guidance."

Educating yourself can mean you go back to school, delve deeper in The Holy Scriptures or simply doing a little research online to better understand what is happening around the world and why.

Understanding the world, even its horrors, can help you understand what you need to pray for, and for some it can open the door to a ministry you didn't even know you were meant to enter.

Learn to listen

Learn to listen (CORBIS).


4. Learn to listen

Listening and patience go hand-in-hand. Learning to listen, rather than merely being present, can make a world of difference both to you and the person or people you are talking to.

Note that the art of listening is not limited to the people around you. God speaks to us every day, but how many of us can say that we have the ears to listen? Listening to God can be difficult, particularly when you are in desperate need of answers.

James 1:19 helps us understand what listening means. "Remember this, my dear brothers: everyone should be quick to listen but slow to speak and slow to human anger..."

A good way to practice listening to God is to sit in a quiet place. Ask God to help you be more open to what He has to say, and ask for the patience to actively listen to those around you.

Bonus: Putting down electronics and looking people in the eye helps you become a better listener.

Be generous.

Be generous (hinaji).


3. Be generous

This is not limited to money! Remember, when we offer to help people pack for a move, practice for a speech, listen to their worries or feed the hungry, we are being generous and mirroring Christ's heart.

Think of 1 John 3:17, "If anyone is well-off in worldly possessions and sees his brother in need but closes his heart to him,  how can the love of God be remaining in him?"


Saints Fun Facts Coloring Book FREE PDF

Free PDFs: Hail Mary, Our Father, How to Pray the Rosary & more

PDF educational & learning resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers and it’s 100% FREE. How to Pray the Rosary, Hail Mary, Our Father, Saints, Prayers, Coloring Books, Novenas, Espanol and more. All FREE to download and faithful to the Magisterium. Download Now >


Read the Bible.

Read the Bible (BennyHinn).


2. Read the Bible

Recall Hebrews 4:12: "The word of God is something alive and active: it cuts more incisively than any two-edged sword: it can seek out the place where soul is divided from spirit, or joints from marrow; it can pass judgement on secret emotions and thoughts."

Understanding the Word of God is an important part of being Catholic. The Holy Scriptures are alive, meaning they can move in and through you and can bring power greater than that of a sword. The Scriptures are there so that we can learn from them and be held accountable, even for our "secret emotions and thoughts."

Remember to read your Bible, participate in Bible studies and know that as you read and understand, you can catch yourself before falling into sin. With awareness comes discernment.

Follow Jesus.

Follow Jesus (YouTube).


1. Be more like Jesus

We are called to follow Christ's examples, all of which are clearly outlined in the Bible.

Remember John 8:12, where Jesus says, "...I am the light of the world; anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the light of life."

Note that the first three things mimic attributes Jesus Christ has. In knowing about things before we speak ill of them, learning to listen, being generous and by reading God's Word, we are not only improving our relationship with God, we are also improving our relationship with others.


This list was originally published January 1, 2016 on Catholic.org

---


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'


Copyright 2019 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

To all our readers, Please don't scroll past this.

Deacon Keith Fournier Today, we humbly ask you to defend Catholic Online's independence. 98% of our readers don't give; they simply look the other way. If you donate just $5.00, or whatever you can, Catholic Online could keep thriving for years. Most people donate because Catholic Online is useful. If Catholic Online has given you $5.00 worth of knowledge this year, take a minute to donate. Show the volunteers who bring you reliable, Catholic information that their work matters. If you are one of our rare donors, you have our gratitude and we warmly thank you. Help us do more >

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Stations Of The Cross Rosary BOGO 50% OFF
Free Online Catholic Classes for Anyone, Anywhere - Click Here

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2021 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.

Catholic Online is a Project of Your Catholic Voice Foundation, a Not-for-Profit Corporation. Your Catholic Voice Foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal Tax Identification Number: 81-0596847. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!