Christian New Years Resolution Ideas

A stain glass windowIn the Catholic Calendar, today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It is also World Peace Day, and today we also celebrate Mary under the title of “Queen of Peace.” Many in the western world are thinking about the new year and various resolutions that they can try to keep. While it isn’t specifically Christian, I believe as Christians and Catholics this is a great chance to make some spiritual change!

I try to make (and keep!) a few spiritual resolutions each year. Sure, I resolve to lose a little weight, eat fewer carbs, etc, but I also want to make sure I am working on things that benefit my soul too. Below I offer some ideas for Christian New Year resolutions for 2013.

– Read the Bible through in a year

– Pray the rosary every day

– Pray Morning or Evening Prayer (or both!) from the Divine Office

– Purposefully do one act of kindness every day

– Forgive a grudge

– List five things you are grateful for at the end of each day

– Read the Catholic Catechism through in a year

– Sponsor a poor child

– Set up a monthly donation to a charity from your bank account

– Set up a monthly bank deduction to your local parish

– Read a spiritual book each month

– Take a pilgrimage to a shrine or special parish

Okay, I’ve gotten us started. Now what are your ideas?

About David Bennett

David Bennett is an author, speaker, and small business owner. He started ChurchYear.Net in 2004, along with his brother Jonathan. The site gets over one million visitors a year, and Bennett’s writings have appeared in church bulletins, newspapers, and other media.

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