As we begin this new year, are you among those who have made a resolution which has already been broken, or have you been diligent in your attempt? I hope that if your resolution was to pray more or attend Mass during the week, that you are successful, because this is truly the best thing you can ever do for yourself.
Of course, resolutions that involve smoking, weight and other personal improvements are always a good idea, but underneath any of these--dare I say even more important than any of these--is becoming more connected to God. Why? Because it is through the grace of God that we are able to become all we can be. We simply cannot do any of this on our own.
It is through God's help that we are able to continue when we fall down. It is through God's help that we are motivated to get started in the first place.
When we live with a healthy dependence on God, we know and understand the great blessings that are available to us. God is always present in times of trial and in times of joy.
Stay connected to God and you will find success in all things.