Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? If not, take inspiration from Pope Francis’ list:
- Don’t gossip.
- Finish your meals.
- Make time for others.
- Choose the more humble purchase.
- Meet the poor in the flesh.
- Stop judging others.
- Befriend those who disagree.
- Make commitments, such as marriage.
- Make it a habit to ask the Lord.
- Be happy.
What do you resolve to do in 2016? Leave you list in the comments section below.
Among our sisters’ resolutions and hopes for 2016:
Sister Roberta Smith
- To live joyfully
- Practice empathy
- Believe that God loves me unconditionally
- Meditate and pray daily for at least an hour
- Be healthy in body, mind and spirit
- Seek enrichment opportunities
- Be grateful for every experience; they are God’s way of teaching me about the realities of life
Sister Louise Alff
- Be the best version of myself
- Continue to make Jesus my “north star”
- Respect the dignity of each person
- Start and end each day with gratitude
- Don’t be afraid to admit when I am wrong
- Build communities, not walls
- Share my gifts freely and generously
- Indulge in chocolate as needed
Sister Donna Stephenson
- Try to be more aware of the ways to show God’s mercy to others
- The faith to keep up with exercise
- Make healthier choices
- Participate in more active volunteer opportunities such as Jubilee Soup Kitchen or Miss Nancy’s homeless ministry
Sister Rose Therese DiGregorio
- To be open to all the adventures that may come my way
Sister Catherine Noecker
- To experience what it means to live a wholly different lifestyle with those who have lived on the fringes of society all their lives
Some of the intentions and hopes from the sisters at Mount Alvernia in western Pennsylvania for 2016:
- May the God of Light help us to see the loving presence of God in each other.
- May the days that appear dark turn out to be sunny and may you be filled to overflowing mercy.
- May we serve others with reverence, justice, and compassion.
- May the light of Christ bring our planet plus all creation an awakening to know the knowledge that we are all one.
- May the Lord, through his gracious love, bring an end to human trafficking.