Tips for a Fabulous, Faith-Filled New Year

As the final days of December meet dawn, we begin to look forward to the next major event after Christmas: New Year’s and the Solemnity of Mary! As for the secular holiday and celebration of the new year, many people create New Year’s resolutions that may or may not last through the dragging days of February. But, nevertheless, it is a new year, and a fresh chance to start new. If you don’t have a New Year’s resolution planned, you might find a spark in some simple yet life-changing ideas below.

Instead of trying to banish an old habit, create a new and beneficial routine to deepen and strengthen your faith. Try going to Confession or Adoration more than you normally would (or if you want to go above and beyond, make time for daily Masses). If you only visit the Confessional twice a year, for instance, before Easter and Christmas, make an effort to make a good Penance once a month. You’ll find that the refreshing cleanliness of Reconciliation will bring a calm peace to your days, and frequenting monthly will keep you in check year-round! Adoration has a similar effect; make a promise to visit the chapel as opportunities present themselves. Spending time with the Blessed Lord changes your mood, and you will come out of the Adoration chapel refreshed and at peace. Even if it is just to say “hi” or sit in silence, God loves to see you in His House.

If you want to focus on exiling a certain sin, take this opportunity to do so. Take time to thoughtfully pray, asking God to grant you the serenity and grace to distance yourself from this sin. It may be hard at first, but the key is to immerse yourself in prayer, positive thinking, and positive actions, instead of that awful habit. A New Year’s resolution stays at the back of your mind, and having God to hold you accountable makes for a stronger bind to sticking to your resolve.

Simply enough, make a resolution to pray more. You can never cease strengthening your prayer life. An organized resolve could be to say a rosary or divine mercy chaplet daily or weekly. Perhaps if you start out with a Sunday rosary, you could progress to saying the prayer twice weekly, then three times. The frequency of prayer always has room for growth. Maybe if it is not a specific prayer, resolve to devoting times throughout the day solely to quiet prayer. Wake up fifteen minutes earlier to thank and praise God, asking for His intercession throughout your day’s adventures. At mealtimes, extend your usual prayer to include personal devotions. Conclude the evening with your deepest intentions, and scatter messages to God during the course of your entire day.

Ultimately, what you get out of a New Year’s resolution depends on what you put in. Make an effort, and God will be on the other side to pull you through. Just a slight addition to your lifestyle can make all the difference. Watch as God multiplies your offerings and raises you up—a sincere attempt can only make you stronger. I am praying for all the best for you; happy New Year’s!

Viola Joan

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Jesus, I trust in You

“Will I choose to continue to trust Him?” “Do I just give up now and forget Him?”  These two phrases has been floating in my mind all day today because Lord has tested my trust in Him. Something that I placed my complete trust in Him on fell through and didn’t work out. I was devastated when I found out.  When I found alone time,  I became the little child crying out to their parent. “Why did you do this? I don’t understand? I needed this. I thought I was doing what You wanted me to. Why am I struggling?” .

Being a disciple of Christ is NOT easy whether you are following His will or not. I’m unfortunately learning this the hard way.  But I can approach this in two ways: 1. continue to trust Him and treat this trial as a spiritual exercise that will ultimately make me stronger in my faith. Or 2. throw my hands up and say “see yeah. It’s all me now. I’ll do this on my own”.

Now, number 2 doesn’t sound like a great idea so I guess I’ll go with number one. Continuing to trust in Him.  It will be hard but I know it’s the right thing to do for my life and my relationship with Jesus.

Jesus never said following Him would be easy but He did promise that it would be fulfilling and eternal. So as you encounter trial, continue to trust in Him and believe that He will help you.
Stay His,

Faustina Bernadette

#TheStruggle

Everyone has troubles. Everyone has struggles. Whether it be a sick relative, stressful classes, problems with the faith, or anything, everyone is struggling in one way or another. That is why it is important to lean on The Lord for guidance, love, hope, and encouragement. He WILL help you get through any troubles you are dealing with, if only you ask Him. So, never worry. For if you lean on The Lord for strength, He can and will help you.

Stay strong,
❤Cecilia Liz

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Love,
This Catholic Generation!

God is Greater

Take a second and think about this statement “God is greater than me.” Really think about that. God is greater than any one of us. God is more powerful, more amazing, more almighty, and more righteous than any of us. God is the Alpha and the Omega. God is greater than family, friends, food, self harm, depression, awkwardness, and anxiety. God is greater than anything in the world.

God deserves our undivided attention,and we should always work on being closer to Him. We can get closer to Him through prayer, the sacraments, and reading scripture.God wants a relationship with you! God should be first in your life, and be loved by us.

He has given us so much, and loves us so much that He died for us! “He loves all of us as if there were one of us.” -St. Augustine. He gives us blessings all the time, that we take for granted, for example school, food, water, shelter, and family. People are praying for the things we take for granted. God gives us so much, and all He wants in return is our love.
God is good, all the time. Remember to say thank You to Him for all of the things He has given us! God is greater than anything. God loves you.

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,His mercy endures forever.”-Psalm 118:1

Much Love,
Angie

I Thirst

Jesus had some great sayings. He had some of the most inspirational quotes of all time. However, there are two words that come to mind that show his love most of all, I THIRST.

“After this, aware that everything was now finished, in order that scripture might be fulfilled, Jesus said, ‘I thirst’”. This verse comes from the book of John Chapter 19, verse 28. This verse happens to be the paragraph before the last breath of Jesus. Which means that the statement, “I thirst”, is one of the last words spoken by Jesus. It is interesting that John, of all of the gospels, includes this phrase. Matthew and Mark say that they gave Him wine mixed with spices, and Luke doesn’t mention this in his gospel. But John, who was at the foot of the cross, chooses to include the statement, “I thirst”.

Now what does that mean? Was he thirsty from the journey?  He did just carry a heavy cross up a hill. He is 100% human so this statement would make sense. I know that after a hard workout that I really need fluids.

But this phrase means so much more than that. To thirst in the medical world means to lack fluids, to crave them, or to be dehydrated.  So God is now dehydrated….for what? In the middle of the verse it says, in order that scripture might be fulfilled. Lets look at Psalm 69 versus 21-22 which says, “Insult has broken my heart, and I despair. I looked for compassion, but there was none, for comforters, but found none. Instead, they gave me poison for my food, and for my thirst, they gave me vinegar.” Now it’s starting to sound a little familiar. Lets take a step back from this. Jesus, the son of God, searched for compassion, for comfort,  and for love. Instead, the soldiers gave Him poison, wine mixed with gall, for His thirst (so the other gospels do help us out!). How about we substitute our names in for the soldiers. Instead of compassion, comfort, love, I ______ gave Him poison, and wine mixed with gall (SIN). No wonder he was so tired and no wonder why he thirsts so much.

Jesus Christ thirsts for OUR love, OUR compassion, OUR comfort. He is dehydrated for our love. He thirsts for our compassion, he craves for our comfort. But how often do we give Him those? How often do we give Him something we’re not? The whole point of John 19:28 is how Jesus thirsts for us. Everything we are HE wants. Nothing in His eyes is unimportant.  Jesus is dehydrated for you. He cannot stand to go another day without you. He would go to the utmost extremes to prove that to you (cue the crucifixion).

The other aspect to look at is how we should thirst for Him. St. John tells us this in John 7:37 which says, “Come to me all you who thirst” . Do we have the  desire to know Him? Thirsting for Him is something that should not be taken lightly for He does not take it lightly. We need to be dehydrated for Christ to a point that everything we do is for Him. John 15:9 says, “as the father has loved me, so I have loved you. Live on in my love,” and Rev 3:20 also says, “behold I stand at the door and knock”. The signs are everywhere. He is dehydrated for our love. There is nothing that will stop Him from getting to us.

Mother Teresa said, “Jesus is God, therefore His love, His thirst is infinite. He is the creator of the universe, asked for the love of His creatures. He thirsts for our love. These words, “I thirst” Do they echo in our souls?”

May the love of Christ allow us to thirst even more perfectly to HIM,

With great Joy,

Vincent D