Some more questions to live a more reflective life as 2016 comes to an end.
Here’s a helpful list from a few years ago to help prepare for the New Year.
Let’s evaluate our lives, make plans and goals, and live this new year with biblical diligence.
How about taking a challenge this year to learn more about your faith. It is a great New Year’s resolution to make and here is a simple way to make it happen.
Every weekday (M-F) a short section of the official Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is emailed to you. You read it and think about it throughout the day. That’s it! I don’t think it could be simpler.
If you want to explore an idea further, there will be links to full Catechism of the Catholic Church providing more depth.
By the end of the year, you will know more about your faith than when you began.
If you’re interested, click this link: flocknote.com/catechism
Expect your first email on January 2, 2017.
Here’s another wonderful spiritual exercise for the end of the year modeled on the daily examen of St. Ignatius.
- After placing yourself in God’s presence, first give thanks to God for all the many blessings received during the past year. Pass through each month, remembering the blessings that occurred.
- Pray for the grace to understand God’s divine providence.
- Next, review each month again and take notice of any feelings or movements that occur in your heart while doing this activity. Whatever you may feel (whether it was a good feeling or bad feeling), ask God to help you understand why an event happened.
- Fourth, ask pardon for any sins you committed, trusting fully in God’s mercy.
- Last of all look forward to the New Year think of ways that you can collaborate more with God’s loving plan for your life.
Maria wins the family boxing robot tournament!
That’s how you do it!
She exclaims with a victory dance.
I’m not sure why, but I’m feeling the urge to start posting to “exploringhiskingdom” again. I’m not even sure why I stopped posting (I’ve kept writing). Just drifted away, I suppose. My preference for analog took over and I have notebooks filled with journals from the past two years (almost).
But now I’m back and writing. Little has changed since my last post. Life moves along at a pleasant pace and I’ve made peace with most of my anxieties.
News of the Day
My daughter turns 18 today so I guess I am officially the parent of an adult. Happy birthday, Maria!
Here is some Christmas reading with a point.
These are the images I reference in my homily this weekend.
THE war in Syria has been described as the deadliest conflict of the 21st century.