.- Need help with your New Year's Resolution? Just ask St. Augustine, the man who patented the prayer, âLord help me be pure, but not yet.â The saint is a perfect example for those who aspire to something great but have difficulties getting the ball rolling, said Chris Stefanick, director of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Denver.
In comments to CNA, Stefanick explained that there is no reason 2010 canât be the best year yet. All it takes is keeping your resolution reasonable. âGrab hold of your goals on a daily basis.â
Think about the resolution you made for 2010, Stefanick said. âIs it the same resolution as last year? Did you keep it last year?â
Then Stefanick recalled the story of St. Augustine. Though St. Augustine is a Doctor of the Church, an acclaimed theologian and a beloved saint, âhe struggled to actually live out the faith.â After all, he is the one who prayed, âLord help me be pure, but not yet.â
It wasnât until he opened his Bible and read the line from St. Paul, âPut on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provisions for the desires of the fleshâ that he figured out âhow he was supposed to live out Christianity in his daily life,â explained Stefanick.
Just like it told St. Augustine, the passage tells us, âstop feeding that vice. Start feeding the virtue on a daily basis.â
And in regards to New Yearâs resolutions, âbring it down to something simple, attainable, that you can actually grab hold of,â advises Stefanick. âIf you want to pray more, donât buy a new complicated book on how to pray, make your goal simply, you know what, Iâm going to set my alarm 15 minutes earlier every day and pray.â
St. Thomas Aquinas said, âthe soul has two arms: the intellect and the will.â âGod has given you a will. That will is mighty,â emphasized Stefanick. âYou can change the direction of your life in an instant, with your own will.â
âBegin today to make the next year the best of your life by keeping those resolutions to make yourself a better personâ¦ your will can succeed at making those right choices if you make your goals simple and attainable enough to grab hold of on a daily basis,â concluded Stefanick.