How did your spiritual life fare in 2012? Would you like to do better in 2013? Let’s each choose one virtue to work on throughout this year.
Keeping in mind my post on St. Therese a few weeks ago, I’m focusing on trust. For the next several weeks, I pledge to put my trust in God’s mercy, not my own goodness. I will try to go to Confession more often, and do a nightly examination of conscience.
For Lent, I will take it one step further. I want to trust God to bring good not only out of my sins, but out of every circumstance of my life as well. Although I am not in total control of my life, God is. I need to accept that nothing that happens can separate me from Him (see Romans 8:28). God remains good in the midst of my sin, others’ sins, accidents, mistakes, changes of plan, and disappointments. I want to accept joyfully everything He allows into my life.
I expect it will take a lot of practice to become more open to God’s will in this way. If I fail, I trust Him to forgive me and give me an increase of grace to do better next time.
By Advent, I would like to begin working on another area of trust. I’m not sure what that will be yet. Stay tuned (or connected).
What about you? Can you share with us your spiritual resolution for the coming year? How will you refocus for Lent and beyond? Let’s support and encourage one another. At the end of 2013 we can share our progress (and there will be progress, I trust!).
Blessed New Year!