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7 Simple goals with a Catholic twist for a meaningful year ahead


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Cerith Gardiner - published on 01/07/24

Here's how to craft Catholic-inspired goals for the New Year and beyond.

As we embark on a new year, there’s an inherent excitement in the air, calling us to set fresh goals and aspirations. While the practice of goal-setting is universal, why not infuse it with a touch of Catholic flair?

Here’s how you can craft goals with a dash of grace, a sprinkle of joy, and a twist of Catholic inspiration.

Pilgrimage of purpose: Crafting a faithful roadmap

Instead of generic resolutions, envision your goals as a pilgrimage — a journey towards becoming the best version of yourself. Chart a course that aligns with your values, guided by the virtues that resonate with your Catholic faith. The great thing is every pilgrimage starts off with one step, therefore pace your journey so that it is not too overwhelming.

The joyful jar: Cultivating gratitude in daily life

Create a “joyful jar” to document daily moments of gratitude. Each day, jot down a small blessing, a joyous encounter, or an unexpected kindness. By year-end, you’ll have a tangible reminder of the countless reasons to be thankful.

This is quite a popular one, but it’s important to maintain it throughout the year and to get all the family members involved, too.

Sowing seeds of charity: Volunteer ventures

Consider incorporating acts of service into your goals. Whether it’s volunteering at a local shelter, helping a neighbor in need, or organizing a community event, sowing seeds of charity can be a fulfilling way to live out your Catholic values.

Remember it’s also great to include children in any voluntary work you undertake, not only will they learn the many benefits in serving others, they’ll meet like-minded volunteers who can be a positive influence.

Faithful fitness: Nurturing your body with joyful movement

This one is great for those who shy away from physical activity! Instead of focusing solely on physical fitness, approach your health goals as a form of stewardship for the body, a divine gift. Engage in exercises that bring you joy, whether it’s dancing, hiking, or an exercise regime, allowing your fitness journey to be an expression of gratitude.

Scripture-infused self-reflection: Monthly moments of insight

Incorporate monthly self-reflection sessions with a touch of sacred Scripture. Choose verses that resonate with your aspirations and reflect on how they can guide you in the upcoming month. Let the wisdom of the Bible be a source of inspiration.

Sacramental savings: Financial goals with a faithful twist

Approach financial goals with a sense of stewardship. Consider allocating a portion of your savings to your parish and to charitable causes with a personal meaning, mirroring the spirit of tithing. By managing your finances in a way that aligns with your faith, you can create a meaningful impact.

Family faith-fest: Nurturing spiritual bonds

Make family time a priority by setting goals that strengthen your bond in faith. Whether it’s attending Mass together, incorporating family prayers, or engaging in discussions about your shared values, let your goals become a source of spiritual connection.

May this year be a journey filled with grace, joy, and a beautiful tapestry of accomplishments that reflect the light of your Catholic beliefs.

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