Happy New Year of Salvation 2010!

May God bless you all abundantly for this New Year of Salvation.

Have any resolutions?

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28 Responses to Happy New Year of Salvation 2010!

  1. r.j.sciurus says:

    Be more resolute.

  2. Maltese says:

    My resolution is not to pick-up another copy of America Magazine! I did so today, and am soured by it as I write. In this article:

    http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=12060

    A priest writes, essentially, that what is wrong with main-stream Catholics is that they aren’t like Rick Warren mega-”church” protestants! He writes (probably truthfully) that 40% (!) of current mega-protestant-church attendees are ex-catholics. And then he goes on to write that in order to be more “meaningful” in our liturgy, Catholics need to be revamp the mass with power-point, happy-clappy “with-it” tunes, song and dance! YAY!! He ends the article by saying we need to learn from mega-church protestants on how to conduct the mass (the Unbloody Sacrifice of the Mass, although to him, it is the “Mega-Meal,” or, “hyper-happy-meal.”)

    I swear, my new year’s resolution is not to pick up another copy of this flagrantly anti-catholic publication (parading as a Catholic publication.)

  3. Hidden One says:

    I firmly resolve, with the help of His grace, to confess my sins, to do my penance, to avoid all near occasions of sin, and never to sin anymore. Amen!

  4. Sandy says:

    Hidden One, I’ll go along with that as a great resolution!

    Happy and blessed, blessed, blessed New Year, Father Z! I know I am not alone in highly valuing this blog. It is not only because of what you write, Father, but because most of us can feel that we are part of a community – one that loves Holy Mother Church, and wants to see her shine as a bright light in the world to attract others more and more with the absolute truth.

  5. avecrux says:

    I am not as patient as I need to be. I’m thinking, in part, it is because I am too soft – insufficiently mortified – so I am quick to both feel, and at times, express, displeasure. I am hoping, with guidance, to become more mortified so that I can be more charitable in my reactions to others at difficult times.

  6. wanda says:

    Why, yes I do have a resolution. I’m going to do all in my power to help vote pro-abortion Senator Barbara Mikulski OUT of office. I’m passing along my suggestion to all my Pro-Life friends and family here in MD.

  7. JohnMa says:

    My resolution is to be able to serve as MC at a Solemn High Mass by the end of the year.

  8. Mariana says:

    You too, Father! Thank you for this blog!!!!

  9. RichR says:

    Happy New Year! Resolutions are best made few and attainable. I will try to exercise more, eat better, and pray my Rosary daily.

  10. Maltese says:

    “My resolution is not to pick-up another copy of America Magazine! I did so today, and am soured by it as I write. In this article:

    http://www.americamagazine.org/content/article.cfm?article_id=12060

    A priest writes, essentially, that what is wrong with main-stream Catholics is that they aren’t like Rick Warren mega-”church” protestants! He writes (probably truthfully) that 40% (!) of current mega-protestant-church attendees are ex-catholics. And then he goes on to write that in order to be more “meaningful” in our liturgy, Catholics need to be revamp the mass with power-point, happy-clappy “with-it” tunes, song and dance! YAY!! He ends the article by saying we need to learn from mega-church protestants on how to conduct the mass (the Unbloody Sacrifice of the Mass, although to him, it is the “Mega-Meal,” or, “hyper-happy-meal.”)

    I swear, my new year’s resolution is not to pick up another copy of this flagrantly anti-catholic publication (parading as a Catholic publication.)”

    Yes, this is my sadly worded quote. But what I forgot to mention, and the point I meant to make, is that so what if one is entertained at Mass? Can’t one go to the movies, the plays, concerts, museums, thematic restaurants, parks, various show, book stores, etc. to be variously entertained? Why does one need to be “entertained” during the one hour of 168 hours of the week? Can’t we devote just one hour a week entirely to God? Why do WE need to be entertained during that ONE hour?

    So, my new new year’s resolution is that we might honor Our Lord more, and honor ourselves less…

  11. Dr. Eric says:

    I resolve, with the help of His Grace, to be more attentive to the whisperings of the Lord.

    I also resolve to lose “the spare tire.”

  12. Maltese says:

    Dr. Eric: I lost 25 pounds by these three simple rules: avoid putting anything into your mouth that is “white”: sugar, potatoes, flour, rice, etc. Second, try to avoid feeding altogether if you are over 30, and thirdly, exercise your ass off. These principals, I promise, are very, very effective. The problem is, eating and drinking is such a social way of life–such a part of life–that obesity has even enveloped my favorite contemporary writer: G.K. Chesterton.

  13. gloriainexcelsis says:

    I’m trying to increase and improve my prayer life by praying the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary every day, setting aside an hour in the morning for daily prayers and never forgetting to say the Rosary daily. I try to read from “Divine Intimacy” and/or Dom Guaranter’s “Liturgical Year.” My evening prayers, with Compline, are shorter, because I fall asleep! I’m in the last quarter (?) of my life at 78. As I read somewhere, we pray more as we get older, reflect a lot and do more spiritual reading because we’re “cramming for the final exam.” God bless you, Father, in the New Year and always. WDTPRS is the first thing I see in the morning (after prayers and the morning paper) when I take my coffee and sit down at the computer.

  14. DominiSumus says:

    Happy new year Fr. Z.
    My resolution is to spend more time in prayer and go to confession more regularly.

  15. boko fittleworth says:

    Happy New Year, Fr. Z! May God bless you and may He continue to bless us through your ministry.

    Yours in Christ,

    Boko

  16. Maltese: If it’s any consolation, Pastor Rick Warren has written a letter to his “congregation” or “benefactors” absolutely having a “melt-down” about being $900,000 in the red, screaming for donations by midnight tonight (31 December)…it’s even been on the secular news as well as the internet. I don’t know anything about this guy other than he gave some kind of prayer at the “coronation” last January of B.O. But almost a million in debt is not a small problem.
    If this priest in “America” thinks this is the way of the future for the Catholic Church…well, you can do the math. Not to mention that the other stuff just will not last. Happy New Year!

  17. Magpie says:

    Happy New Year Father.

  18. ckdexterhaven says:

    At the Mass for the Solemnity of Mary last night, our Father “suggested” a New Years Resolution for all. Always carry a rosary in your pocket, and say the Rosary every day. Sounds good to me.

  19. xsosdid says:

    I am resolved to face every day with hope, by turning to prayer.

    God bless Father, you and your readers!

  20. Mike Morrow says:

    MMX has a nice look.

  21. To leave home in order to get back there, to break into my own house, picnic on the roof, and to cause grave scandal by having a torrid love affair with my wife.

    Also, to get Gilbert Mag back on schedule.

  22. Emily Lowe says:

    I’m going to say a Rosary (a 5-decade Rosary) every day. I know, it’s probably pathetic that I don’t do it already, but as a college student, there are LOTS of extremely strong temptations not to.

    Please pray for me, that I am able to do this.

  23. chatto says:

    JohnMa: that’s a good one. My ‘liturgical’ resolution is to get at least 4 of the servers at my parish enrolled in the Guild of St. Stephen, and to encourage them to pray more away from church. My other resolution is, believe it or not, to read Catholic blogs less often. They’re a great resource, but I just ‘nibble’ through them, use them as a procastinating tool, and don’t retain the information. I’ll be more discerning and reflective in what I read, and will settle down to learn more about/from the great (and soon to be Blessed!) Cardinal Newman. JHN, pray for us!

  24. Mike says:

    One of my resolutions is more simplicity. One of my examples will be the Holy Father, who lets himself by led by the hand by the loving Providence that moves the sun and the stars…

  25. Agnes says:

    Started veiling. I hate it. Good penance.

    And a few others I will keep to meself!

  26. irishgirl says:

    Happy New Year, Father Z-yes, I know a day late.

    I’m not very good at keeping resolutions-so I’m not going to make any.

  27. Catholic Dad says:

    Resolution: be holier by the end of the year than I am at the beginning.