Let’s Focus on a Happy New Year

2016 push button. Concept of new year, two thousand sixteen.

2016 push button. Concept of new year, two thousand sixteen.

At this time of the month, a reservation is almost necessary to ensure a spot on a treadmill or an elliptical trainer at the local fitness center. Driving such feverish attendance are all those New Year’s resolutions still brimming with enthusiasm, hope and determination. Self-improvement “to-do” lists brim with new ideas for the New Year: Diets, fad-exercises, green plankton puffy drinks for breakfast…you name it. But consider this step for improvement: HOLINESS. But holiness cannot be achieved on our own; holiness comes from God because God is holy (Lev. 11:44). He is infinite perfection in all aspects and is love itself (1 Jn 4:16). Holiness requires a relationship with God and love for our neighbor (1 Jn 4:20). There is no doubt that some will feel discouraged with this attempt to be holy because of past failures. So perhaps a different approach would help. Read this slowly: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). This world was and is a fallen world, and he loved and loves us even in our weakness. He’s not afraid of our weakness for he knows his grace is enough (2 Cor. 2:9). He wants us to believe in ourselves, in our worth in his Father’s eyes and live according to that dignity. It is in him that we have life and that to the full (Jn 10:10).So to address this desire with results, commit. Pray daily. If you’d like a little kick-start, try this link to Daily Meditations, which I have found to be very helpful. Spend 15 to 30 minutes weekly before the Blessed Sacrament in a church or chapel. Finally, be a loving person. Far from being warm and fuzzy, this is a challenging proposition. It means imitating Jesus’ forgiveness, mercy, charity, joy, patience…Love attracts love. And genuinely caring people are far more likely to find love and the love of their life.

About Fr Scott Reilly LC

Fr Scott is from Kankakee, IL. He has two sisters and one brother who is a priest as well in the Legionaries of Christ. In 1983 he joined Immaculate Conception Apostolic School of the Legionaries of Christ located in Center Harbor, NH.  He has studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain for 2 years and in Rome, Italy where he earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas and Theology with the Legionaries Christ. He was ordained to the priesthood on December 24, 1997 and served the Regnum Christi Movement and local Church in Atlanta, GA from 1997-2010, Houston, TX from 2010-2015 and presently is serving in Philadelphia, PA. He enjoys sports, reading and pastoral ministry.
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