Let the New Year kickstart your faith

If you find yourself yearning for a richer faith life, use the new year as your propelling force to make a change for yourself. Along with your resolutions to hit the gym and declutter the house, look deeper at what you might truly need in 2013.

Do you wish you knew more about your faith? Most parishes offer ongoing adult formation classes—but don’t stop at your own parish’s offerings. Neighboring parishes might offer the programming you’re looking for, and programs are always open to those outside the parish.

Do you wonder if you’re passing your faith to your children? Choose just one child in your family for a month at a time. Each day of that month, sit down with that child for five minutes and write a prayer to God together, each of you taking every other line. It can be a litany of thanks or a discussion of problems. In either case, you are teaching your child to go to God with joy and sorrow.

Do you want to increase your church attendance? First, determine why you are not going. If it’s just scheduling, make the necessary adjustments to give Mass priority. If it’s something deeper—a dissatisfaction or an apathy with the Mass, unpack these feelings and take the measures you need to in order to feel more connected.

—by Annemarie Scobey, from the pages of At Home with Our Faith, Claretian Publications’ print newsletter for parents on nurturing spirituality in the home. Winner of the 2012 Best in Class award from the Associated Church Press, as well as a First Place General Excellence award from the Catholic Press Association for the past three years running. Here’s a sample issue.

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