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Sunday, December 31, 2006
Catholic Resolutions 2007

With today being New Years Eve, it's time for me to reflect on my Catholic Resolutions for 2006 and make mine for 2007. As I posted about last year...

2006 Catholic Resolutions:
1) Pray the Morning prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours each weekday
2) Pray the Rosary at least once a week
3) Visit other Catholic churches around me and meet other priests and people
4) Read the entire Bible in 1 year
5) Read the readings for Mass each morning

2006 Resolution Results:

1) This is the one that I focused most on, and I've exceeded beyond my previous goal. This past June I purchased "Christian Prayer", which made praying the Liturgy of the Hours so easy. Now I do not just pray Morning Prayer but also Evening Prayer and sometimes Night Prayer. With my desire to become a priest, this was a great preparation, so I'm excited that I've exceeded on this goal. I've kept a calendar where I wrote each time I pray the Liturgy of the Hours. After I purchased "Chrisitian Prayer", one can see how much more I can pray the Liturgy of the Hours. Now I can leave the computer screen and pray outside, in the chapel, etc. I will certainly keep praying morning and evening prayer each day now.

2) I did fairly well with this. I didn't pray the Rosary very often during Autumn this year because of classes, but I prayed it last week. In the summer I prayed it each day especially when I started my 54-day Rosary this past year. It was a great success! Overall, I would say that I succeeded in this Resolution

3) I did an excellent job with this. On the Feastday of St. Blase I visited a beautiful church near me. This past June I was honored to spend time at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Missouri. In November I toured the Cathedral in St. Paul, Minnesota, which is the most beautiful church I've ever seen. Even this past Christmas, I assisted as an altar server at midnight Mass. I definitely succeeded in this Resolution

4) I was able to read all of the First five books of the Old Testament (The Pentateuch), but I didn't get any further than that. Perhaps I should try this again in 2007.

5) I did a decent job at this Resolution especially over the summer. With classes that began in September, I was unable to keep doing this. But, thankfully the daily Mass readings are now on podcasts. I downloaded it to I-Tunes a few weeks ago and listened to them everyday that I didn't get a chance to go to Mass. I've did a good job with this Resolution.

2007 Catholic Resolutions:

1) Finish my application process to enter a seminary, get accepted by my diocese, and start at a college seminary in the fall of 2007.
2) Pray the 15 Prayers of St. Bridget each day or as often as possible
3) Find and purchase a Traditional Catholic Prayer Book and a 1962 Roman Missal
4) Attend my first Tridentine Mass
5) Seek to grow spiritually and avoid all of the sins that I have committed often in the past
6) Read classic spirituality books including "Story of a Soul" by St. Therese of Lisieux
7) Read all of the New Testament

I hope my readers will also create Catholic Resolutions, not just New Years Resolutions.


del_button December 31, 2006 at 1:17 PM
Anonymous said...

All very good Catholic resolutions. I will be focusing alot on reading the Bible in one year as well as praying the Rosary more this year. Unfortunately I will have to buy a new bible as I lost my old one... Until then I can read off the internet. Thank you, and a Happy New Year to you and good luck in your Catholic resolutions.

del_button December 31, 2006 at 3:27 PM
Fredi said...

The church (Institute of Christ the King priest) I attend uses the missal from Angelus Press.

If you would like an interlinear translation of some parts of the Mass, let me know. I prepared a booklet for myself and would be happy to e-mail the word doc to you.

Blessed Christmas and New Year

del_button December 31, 2006 at 5:01 PM
Tito said...


I didn't finish reading the Bible as well. But I did skip over to the New Testament and I have to say it is muuuuch more enjoyable reading. Though I do give Macabees a huge nod for being so engrossing. I definately will be rereading Macabees when time allows.

del_button December 31, 2006 at 8:46 PM
Nancy said...

I love praying the Liturgy of the Hours and it's been of great value to my spiritual life, even as an ordinary lay person In fact, my resolution, with the encouragement of a very dear Catholic friend is to eventually get the complete Office. (I particularly appreciate having the full Office of Readings.) I have to buy a volume here and there because I can't afford to get them all at once, but it really is an investment for a lifetime.

My best wishes for a blessed 2007 for you, Moneybags.

del_button December 31, 2006 at 8:47 PM
Anonymous said...

Great job on the '06 resolutions! My hubby has really done a great job with the Liturgy of the Hours this past year too.

The Saint Bridget Prayers are wonderful, although I haven't prayed them fairly regularly (Kind of nice to pray when you get out of confession.)

Story of a Soul...great idea. I should dust my copy off soon too. Hey, wouldn't it be nice to have a book discussion group?

Happy New Year!

del_button December 31, 2006 at 8:49 PM
Moneybags said...

A book discussion on "Story of a Soul" would be a great idea!

del_button December 31, 2006 at 8:57 PM
FloridaWife said...

Wow! Great job on 2006, MB!

del_button December 31, 2006 at 11:54 PM
Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! 2007 in about 6 minutes!

del_button January 1, 2007 at 4:42 AM
katoliko said...

I like 3 and 5, and I will attempt to read the bible on a regular basis.

I have been attending the TLM pretty often for the past couple months and for the last couple weeks, I have been attending it exclusively. I found a place that offers the Mass closer than the 3 NO parishes that are only minutes away. My little Ecclesia Dei misalette, though very helpful, does not meet my needs for going to the TLM regularly. sells the Angelus Press Daily Missals for only 35 bucks, that is half of how much you will find it on most sites, including Angelus Press and ebay! Ebay currently has a St Andrew's Sunday Missal for a cheap price, but I think I want to go all the way with the Daily.

I hope you meet your goals and resolutions! God Bless!

del_button January 1, 2007 at 9:58 AM
Layla said...

God bless you in these and all your other endeavors, dear Moneybags.

del_button January 1, 2007 at 11:39 AM
Fredi said...

That's a great price for the Angelus Press Daily Missal, Katoliko. My church sells them to parishioners for $30, but anyone can order it from OLRL

Thanks for the info. Blessed New year.

del_button January 1, 2007 at 1:22 PM
Fredi said...

More details on the Angelus Press missal.

del_button January 1, 2007 at 4:56 PM
Ma Beck said...

Great job on your '06 resolutions!
Nice list for '07.
(I do hope you'll come to St. John Cantius for a Tridentine Mass soon!)

del_button January 3, 2007 at 8:42 AM
Hammerbrecher said...

Good work and like your 2007 resolutions. If you want to be a priest stay strong on the Liturgy of the Hours and pray the rosary every day! ArchBishop Dolan says he asks every priest that is leaving the priesthood 2 questions: 1. When did you stop praying the office (liturgy of the hours)? And 2. What was your devotion to Mary like?

The answers every time are 1. 1year ago/2,5 years ago.. and 2. Didn't really have one...

Stay strong we are in a battle!

del_button March 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM
Travis said...

You may want to check this out with helping read the entire bible in one year.

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