Reminders that there is more to life than what we have here, good though it is!
I especially love ashes on the little ones. They provide such a poignant reminder that even though life is still fresh and new in them, there is more to come in the next life, much more.
Do you have your resolutions solidified? Bravo if you do, if not, may I share a few ideas. They are not mine, at least not all of them. You sure wouldn’t want to pick too many of them, but there are some with potential for grace. Do any seem good for you? I’ll sprinkle a some pictures of our beloved children along with a few of their teachers in the midst of suggestions to soften the blow!
Before we move on to the list, let me close with a question a little girl asked years ago. She was considering some of the big sacrifices she heard adults talking about, and she said, “Sister, is there anything too little that I would do that God wouldn’t care about, because I’m just a kid and I can’t do big things.”
“No, beloved daughter of our Father, nothing is too small. He cares about everything,” now, if I could just listen to myself.
1. Go to Mass every day.
2. Pray the Rosary every day.
3. Go to Confession every Friday or once a week.
4. Pray the Family Rosary every day or once a week.
5. Pray in silence 20 minutes a day.
6. Make a Eucharistic visit every day.
7. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet (at 3:00 PM) every day.
8. Fast on bread and water once a week.
9. Read a spiritual book.
10. Tithe to your local parish.
11. Give a donation to charity instead of buying something for you.
12. Get out of bed right away in the morning and pray “Jesus, I love you!” in the first waking seconds of the day.
13. Listen to Catholic CDs.
14. Do something major to improve your marriage.
15. Volunteer: at your child’s school, homeless shelter
16. Visit a home for the elderly.
17. Read a Gospel or all four Gospels.
18. Memorize ten favorite Bible verses.
19. Take a holy hour in your parish.
20. Share a holy book with a friend.
21. Do an act of kindness for another at home or at work each day.
22. Give up something you absolutely love, crave, or spend time on, or that annoys the people you love, including:
o your cellphone (or, texting, shopping online, Face-book, etc. online)
o television or your favorite television show
o television before a certain hour
o television AFTER a certain hour
o coffee (yes, coffee)
o caffeine in any form
o diet soda
o pizza (yes, pizza)
o anything with chocolate flavor
o all snacks or desserts
o movies, Netflix, movie rentals
o the Internet
o March Madness
o following your favorite sports team
o video games
o celebrity magazines
o golf (an objectively grave moral evil) (only kidding)
o booze (yes, booze)
o watching golf on TV
o a destructive, irresistible “friendship”
o doubt that some very small goodness matters, it does!
o foul language
o picking your nose
o not grooming properly
o sports radio
o satellite radio
o music radio
o talk radio
o eating lunch outside of work
o driving when you could walk
o sleeping in late on the weekends
o hitting the Snooze Button in the morning
o fast food drive-throughs
o shopping for clothes or food
o soap operas
o working on cars
o working in your shop
o fishing, hunting, four-wheeling, skateboarding
o some of your “alone” time doing any hobby
o your absolute favorite, passionate hobby (aha, you just fainted!)
o nagging your husband (you know who you are)
o criticizing your wife (she knows who you are)
o interrupting others
o knitting, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, sudoku
o knitting? (you addicts understand)
o cigars, gum, and “phony candy” breath mints
o cellphone calls in your car on the drive home
o Bluetooth headset (more difficult than you think)
o fantasy football, basketball, or baseball
o ice cream
o betting on March Madness
o gossiping at work—say something nice instead
o stealing “little stuff” from your employer, including time online
o relations with your spouse (on certain days or weeks)
o thinking about yourself when you wake up or go to sleep (pray instead)
o thinking about yourself when you drive (pray instead)
o buying anything you don’t need
Or stated the other way you could add:
o cooking breakfast for your kids
o stopping by your neighbors to say hello
o smiling when you arrive at the office
o eating your vegetables (even you adults)
o visit or call your “not close by” relatives
Come Holy Spirit! Help me find the right one for me!