All right people. It’s Resolution Time. Yes, I know it’s a little late, but around this household, we do it with Epiphany.
And our resolutions are going to be different than most peoples’. So in other words, instead of trying a hundred different ways to lose weight, we’re going to try a virtue.
For example, if weight really was a problem, then I’d want to take a deeper look at it. What is the deep, down issue? Where are things going wrongly? Instead of determining to lose ten pounds this year, maybe take a look the virtues that you’re soft on. In this case, maybe it’s an issue of Moderation or Temperance. So then, make a concerted effort to read and learn about the virtue of Temperance. And get on your knees and beg Jesus for the grace of this virtue. And then make a concrete plan to live it.
But maybe this isn’t your issue. Maybe it’s the Noonday Devil, otherwise known as Acedia or Sloth. I’ll tell you what, 3:30pm rolls around, and I’m wiped. I don’t want to think about feeding my family of nine. Just the thought of chopping vegetables, boiling noodles, and frying up 3 pounds of hamburger for supper is enough to paralyze me into inactivity. Or, worse, it makes me want to load the van up and go for a coffee instead – thinking that caffeine will give me the boost I need. Or maybe I just need to check my email one more time before picking up that frying pan… Ugh, I had better pray for Diligence instead.
The point is, maybe this year it would be a good idea to take a look at the 7 Deadly Sins with the 7 Lively Virtues when it comes to Resolution Time. Maybe pick one that you struggle with and make a commitment to learn about it, pray with it, and then form a concrete plan to live it out.
I’ll repeat that.
Living Epiphany and the Year 2019 with the Virtues:
- Determine which vice you struggle with, or which virtue you lack. (Maybe your spouse could pick it for you? That’s what we’re doing.)
- Look that virtue up. Read about it. Buy a book about it.
- Spend 2019 praying with that virtue.
- Form an action plan to live that virtue. (Hopefully this will come about through prayer.)
And in case you’ve forgotten…
List of 7 Deadly Sins with the 7 Lively Virtues
- Greed and Generosity
- Sloth and Diligence
- Gluttony and Temperance
- Lust and Chastity
- Envy and Kindness
- Anger and Meekness
- Pride and Humility
Or, if you’d rather pick one of these….
3 Theological Virtues
4 Cardinal Virtues
And finally, I’ll leave you with a quotation from the Catechism, paragraph 1804:
“The moral virtues are acquired by human effort. They are the fruit and seed of morally good acts; they dispose all the powers of the human being for communion with divine love.”