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Simple Resolutions for the New Year

Simple Resolutions for the New Year

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… I thought I would once again suggest some simple but powerful resolutions for the New Year. So, without a lot of fanfare, here they are:

  1. Commit to daily prayer – The stronger our relationship with God is, the stronger our relationships with others will be. Commit to carving out 10-15 minutes of quiet meditation each day. Get away from distractions and be silent. Focus on strengthening your relationship with Jesus by meditating on how much he loves you.
  2. Commit to relationship building – Is there anything more important in our lives than relationships? If so, then why do we waste so much time on other things that just don’t matter? This year, focus on strengthening your most cherished relationships. Make that phone call.  Meet that person for lunch. Write that letter. Ask for forgiveness or forgive.  Just do it. You know it’s important!
  3. Commit to simplifying your life – Life is so much richer when it’s simple. Little by little, get rid of things you don’t need. Clean out your closets and drawers and give your clothes to the needy. Throw things out that you don’t need. Living simply brings clarity to our lives.
  4. Commit to serving the neediest among us – It’s super easy to write a check to charity. But it’s more fulfilling to show up and serve those in need. Find a place where you can serve the poor. Talk with them. Get to know their stories. It will change you.

Do these things and you will have a transformational year!  God bless you.

Father Michael Najim


Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on Father Najim's blog and is used with his permission.

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About Fr. Michael Najim

Fr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Westerly, Rhode Island and has been the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and Chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender: Letters to Seminarians, published by the Institute for Priestly Formation. He also blogs at Fr. Michael Najim's Blog.

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  • Tiro

    Hi Father, I am having a turmoil in my marriage! My wife who is not Catholic is threatening to divorce me on the basis that we do not have the same faith and that I do not accept that I have been bewitched and that I have been inserted with a demon. She believes that the reason we are struggling both financially and otherwise is that I am not willing to go to her church for deliverance and casting out of the demon that is possessing me. Please advise! I a writing from South Africa.

    • LizEst

      Tiro — Ginger has left you a note above as a response to you.

    • Pray the Rosary Daily, also make Novena to Saint Joseph, Definitely your wife will change. will keep you in my prayers.

  • DK

    Hi, Father Najim! I like your resolutions. Building the relationships is tricky, we could clean up there as well as we clean our closets or bad habits. If there are people who do not want to be with us or are very critical of us we should let them go. We need to focus on those who love us. And we should love them back more. Work on our families is the most important for me.

    • LizEst

      Christ commanded us to love our enemies and do good to them, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you…turn the other cheek (cf Luke 6:27-36). So, we are to love as Christ loves. And, we can love those who do not want to be with us, or are very critical of us, without being interested in the results we see or don’t see. (This, of course, does not mean staying in an abusive situation.)

  • Ginger

    Dear tiro, I was that wife! My husband converted and I strongly disagreed with it. Two years later I’m now a convert and so are our 4 children!! Let me encourage you to PRAY and ask our Blessed Mother to pray for you all. Also pray your rosary and ask for conversion and softening of both of your hearts. It is also very important for you to love her into the church. By that I mean let her see your faith is real by loving her even when she doesn’t seem very lovable. Love others, feed the poor, help those less fortunate and lastly let joy radiate from you as you partake of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Hope this helps… Trust me I was extremely anti catholic at one time along with my adult daughter. If He can convert us He can work in anyone!! Pray and believe…

  • What a wonderfully simple list! I especially like the simplify part. In the West, especially in America, even the poor accumulate way too much “stuff”. I’ve been on a somewhat lackadaisical campaign of throwing stuff out, letting go of things associated with past occupations to which I’ll never return, giving away things I’ll never use again, etc. Now your post has confirmed for me that I must become more energetic about this. Downsize sooner rather than later, and do it in the spirit of poverty.

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