I will be making a new resolution at the start of this New Year. Every year I do so, but every year I fail to keep my resolution. Is there any point in even making a resolution in the first place? Please keep my name confidential.
Thank you for your letter. Habits are never easy to uproot.
We have only to look at how easily people get the habit of smoking, drinking too much alcohol, excessive eating etc.
Even though we break resolutions sincerely made and feel bad about it, would we not be much worse off if we had never made a resolution at all? Never been aware of the need of trying to improve our lives and making some effort to do so?
Jesus calls us to conversion, to change, and praises our resolution to change. He asks us for persevering effort even though we fail time and time again. Ask for His help in your efforts to improve.
A very good resolution for the coming year would be to decide to give a little more time to prayer.
A Word of Hope – Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said, “God does not ask us to succeed, He simply asks us to try.'”
– This article was published in “Saint Martin Magazine” issue January 2005. For subscriptions please visit http://www.stmartin.ie (external link).