Pope Francis' List of New Year's Resolutions

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New Year’s Resolutions can be challenging, frustrating, and sometimes useless!

We’ve all been there. Good intentions, lofty goals, high expectations and then a few weeks in and it’s all forgotten.

For years now, I’ve tried to keep it simple. The same with Advent and Lent. If I take on too much it seems all hopes are dashed. I’ve even messed up the “one word” resolution!

Recently I rediscovered Pope Francis’ List of New Year’s Resolutions in my Facebook Memories. The simple list made me smile.

  1. Don’t gossip. (I made a conscious effort to stop doing this years ago. I have occasional slip-ups, but for the most part, this one is a done deal.)
  2. Finish your meals. (I’m always hungry! This one is no problem!)
  3. Make time for others. (I’m forever emailing friends and asking if they want to get together.)
  4. Choose the more humble purchase. (Okay, now we have a challenge! I love shopping and I love good quality. However I am the Queen of the deal! Does that count?)
  5. Meet the poor “in the flesh.” (I could step up more on this one as I only occasionally find myself meeting the poor “in the flesh.”)
  6. Stop judging others. (I must admit that here I could use some improvement, so there’s that.)
  7. Befriend those who disagree. (This one is definitely a challenge.)
  8. Make commitments, such as marriage. (I’ve been married 37 years and I have friendships in the 20-50+ years range.)
  9. Make it a habit to “ask the Lord.” (Every. Single. Day.)
  10. Be happy. (99% of the time.)
"Pope Francis' List of New Year's Resolutions" by Pam Spano (CatholicMom.com)

Image credit: Pam Spano. All rights reserved.

If you’re looking for new resolution ideas, Pope Francis’ list might be perfect for you. You could even break it down to one point at a time and when you feel you’ve accomplished one, check it off and move on to the other.

Have a blessed and extraordinary New Year!


Copyright 2020 Pam Spano

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Pam Spano converted to the Catholic faith as an adult over 30 years ago. Her conversion story started when she sarcastically said to her Catholic boyfriend at the time, "I suppose if we were to get married, you would want me to convert." He thought for a moment and said, "Well, I am worried about your soul." And so the journey began ...

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