My Thoughts on 31/12/2020

On this the last day of the calendar year, some of us might be tempted to consider resolutions for 2021. I am sure you are aware of the steps you need to consider when making resolutions or having goals.

  1. It needs to be must be clear and well defined.
  2. It needs to be a measurable resolution which means it needs to include precise amounts, dates, so that you can measure your degree of success.
  3. Your resolution needs to be realistic and attainable. This makes sure that it’s possible to achieve the resolution you set.
  4. Obviously, you need to make a resolution that is relevant to your life.
  5. Take your time but perhaps give yourself a deadline.

I am going to stick my neck out and share with you my resolution for 2021. This has arisen from my reading of the book “Reading to Live by Raymond Studzinski. The evolving practice of Lectio Divina.”

For 2021 I resolve make Lectio Divina part of my daily prayer. In his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (152), Pope Francis recommended lectio divina as a “way of listening to what the Lord wishes to tell us in his word and of letting ourselves be transformed by the Spirit.” Lectio divina, he said, “consists of reading God’s word in a moment of prayer and allowing it to enlighten and renew us.”

You might find this article. written by Stephen Binz in America magazine, helpful.

Let us support each other by prayer as we journey into 2021.

Oh and by the way, there is nothing to say you have make any resolutions for the coming year.

Canon Father Anthony Charlton
Canon Father Anthony CharltonParish Priest