The following reading from midday prayer on January 3 sheds a gentle light on New Year’s resolutions:
Benedict believes the question “Who longs for life?” is asked every day, and every day offers a new opportunity to respond positively. New Year’s resolutions may be a cliche, but the new year is an opportunity to think about new beginnings. Make a very short and realistic list this year, keep it where you will see it often, and check your progress (or lack!) regularly. Benedict reminds us not to dwell on it, but to thank God if today was good, ask forgiveness if it wasn’t, and start all over again tomorrow.
(from Advent and Christmas Wisdom from St. Benedict, compiled by Judith Sutera, OSB)