Leave the past behind. Make a fresh start.
There is something special about beginning a new year. It’s an opportunity for self-reflection, to look at the big picture of what we’re doing with the one life God has given us. We cannot help but ask ourselves: am I where I should be? Am I who I should be? And we are rarely satisfied with our answer.
Each new year also brings hope for the future. We make resolutions to overcome what we think is holding us back. Our resolutions start strong, but fade quickly. Our zeal soon vanishes, and we remain stuck in the same place. Why does this happen? What are we missing? How can we stick to our resolutions firmly so that we achieve real transformation?
Your guide to making and keeping spiritual resolutions.
We don’t want a January change; we want a life change. A famous prayer, the Act of Contrition, leads us to say to God, “I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to amend my life …” What shortcomings do you want to amend in your life? What do you firmly resolve in order to achieve this? It’s up to you.
One of the great truths of life is that where we’ve been is not what’s most important—it’s where we’re heading. Do you realize that the goal of your life has already been chosen for you, and it’s up to you to resolve to achieve it?
That is what the series I Firmly Resolve is about: helping you make a fresh beginning by aligning your life with the goal God has given you and placed within your grasp. Only then will you experience real transformation within yourself and in your relationship with Him. And you can do it, step-by-step, starting today.
Why join this series?
I Firmly Resolve is a FREE 7-day online devotional series designed to help you get your life on the right spiritual track. It helps you make seven firm resolutions to re-prioritize your life so that you can become the person God made you to be. It tells you what you need to know about yourself and about God; what He desires for you; and how to achieve it. Don’t let another year go by with failed resolutions and unfulfilled expectations!
How Does it Work?
For each of the 7 days of this series you will receive an email linking you to new daily content posted right here at GoodCatholic.com. You’ll also have access to all 7 sessions immediately, if you’d like to go at your own pace. You can repeat the series as often as you wish for one full year. Don’t wait! Subscribe today.
Gretchen Filz, O.P.
Gretchen Filz, O.P., is a Catholic content writer with an M.A. in Christian Apologetics. As a result of her studies in theology and philosophy at an Evangelical seminary, she discovered the truth of Catholicism and entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2011. A passionate convert and Lay Dominican, Gretchen lives out her vocation through prayer, study, teaching, writing, and engaging in a variety of apostolates. Her articles have provided catechesis and inspiration for Catholics around the world. She currently works in the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Father Matthew Kauth
Fr. Matthew Kauth is a priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, NC. After completing a Bachelor of Sacred Theology at The Catholic University of America, Fr. Kauth was ordained to the priesthood in 2000. He then served as a parochial vicar, administrator, and pastor for six years. During this time he gained popularity through his lectures with the Catholic Scripture Study International program. He was later sent to Rome to complete a license and doctorate in Moral Theology. After obtaining his doctorate in 2012, he was appointed chaplain of a diocesan high school while also teaching theology at Belmont Abbey College. In 2014 he spearheaded a commission to determine the feasibility of establishing a college seminary in the Charlotte Diocese in cooperation with Belmont Abbey. As a result, St. Joseph College Seminary was founded in 2016. Fr. Kauth became its first Rector, where he continues to serve today.