Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

A Resolution Worth Making

Have you made your resolutions for the New Year yet? There’s something so promising, hopeful about a clean slate, and the event of New Year gives us a natural occasion to reflect on our past, good moments and bad, and think forward to what we’d still like to accomplish. To quote Miss Stacy, Anne Shirley’s teacher in Avonlea, “Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.”

Yet, too often, we think about what we want, what we desire our lives to be, and we set goals for ourselves. Then, it seems almost inevitably, when it gets a bit tiresome or difficult, we quit. So vicious can this cycle be, that some of us have given up on making resolutions at all. “What’s the point? I’m just going to fail,” some will say with a shrug. Why do we fail? Perhaps we’ve set our sights on goals too low.

“What?! I quit because it was too hard! How can that make my goal too low?!” It seems counter-intuitive. Yet, often our resolutions are about getting higher grades, making that promotion at work, seeking recognition, losing weight…and the list goes on. These are not necessarily bad things. But are they the best things? We make these goals without considering the bigger questions. If you achieve them, then what? Will you really be happy then? Truly? Or will you still feel that emptiness in your heart, that gnawing deep down that says something is still missing? That voice that whispers to you so softly, you long for distraction to drown it out and fill that emptiness inside.

Here’s a resolution worth making. Stop. Acknowledge the “something missing.” And then listen for the voice of the One who can really fill it. What is God calling you to this year? Is He asking you to be more faithful to your current duties and responsibilities – family, school, or work or improving your health? Then work on those things with love for Him.

Is He calling you to a bigger mission in a religious vocation? This is the year of consecrated life, it is the perfect time to discern whether He is calling you to a priestly or religious vocation. Is He calling you to prepare for married life? Whatever God is calling you to do, be assured it will be a wonderful adventure and will fulfill your deepest desires, though you may not know it right now.

Will you take the challenge? Will you pursue God and commit to making His will for you your own? Or will next year find you in the same place, another year older, making the same resolutions? Take a leap of faith! His ways are not our ways. They are infinitely better.

If you are a young (18-40) single Catholic woman and think God might be calling you to consecrated life, you are invited to join us for a day of discernment and reflection on January 17, 2015.

If you know a young, single woman you think should discern a vocation, tell her! Studies and stories show that young people, especially women, are much more likely to discern religious life when someone personally invites and encourages them to do so.

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