With every new year comes the tradition of setting new resolutions. Stop smoking, eat less, and exercise more top the list. And how about pray and read Scripture every day, volunteer at charitable organizations, and omit foul and negative words from thoughts and emails as well?
The occasion to reflect upon our behavior, acknowledge our personal and professional short-comings, and promise to improve is an important checkpoint on our road to heaven. This is similar to what we do in confession with the exception that there, we also ask for forgiveness and receive penance, absolution, and sacramental grace.
A comment commonly made is that someone does not make resolutions because they never keep them. Practical St. Theodora would respond, why not? If you are failing, stop doing what you are doing. You have free will to do better.
St. Theodora was a no-nonsense woman. She addressed what needed to be done and did it without looking back. In several letters to her sisters, she advised that once a fault was committed, they should humble themselves, ask pardon of God, and move on.
We all have room for improvement. Take a moment and ask yourself what not only you shouldn’t being doing but also what you should do. How can you be more loving, patient, forgiving, honest, and pure?
Once you realize where you want to change, remember you are not alone. Jesus, Mary, the angels, and an army of saints including St. Theodora are with you. All you need to do is ask for their help. They will travel with you on your path, guiding you all the way to the Lord.
(Photo: Church of the Immaculate Conception and Fountain. St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN)
©Mary K. Doyle