Author Topic: Need New Year's Resolution  (Read 127 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline scamandrius

  • Crusher of Secrets; House Lannister
  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 6,419
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Greek in exile
Need New Year's Resolution
« on: January 02, 2014, 02:48:19 PM »
It is a great thing to be able to make a New Year's resolution AND to see it through towards the end.  I myself will admit to planning New Year's resolutions and doing a great job at it.  But, I'm absolutely terrible at seeing it through to the end.  Perhaps the problem is that I choose my own resolutions. If, maybe, someone were to choose my resolution for me, I may be more inclined to follow it through since I would not want to let that person down.

So, if anyone would like to choose a resolution for me, I'd like to hear it.  But, there are some criteria:
1)  It must relate to the liturgical life in the Orthodox Church
2)  It must be doable
3)  It should be followed through the whole year

In case you're unsure where to start, here are  a few suggestions (You may suggest one of these, use one of these as the model for your own suggestion or suggest some combination):
1)  Read the 6 Psalms every day (at some point, usually the morning)
2)  Read the prescribed readings for every day
3)  Attend Great Vespers on Saturday at least once a month
4)  Say all the communion prayers before every Sunday Liturgy
5)  Set aside $1 every day for a charity or charities
6)  Keep every fast day and fasting season strictly
7)  Read one Orthodox Book every month

I look forward to hearing suggestions.  Thanks and Happy New Year!
I seek the truth by which no man was ever harmed--Marcus Aurelius

Those who do not read  history are doomed to get their facts from Hollywood--Anonymous

What earthly joy remains untouched by grief?--St. John Damascene

Offline biro

  • Excelsior
  • Site Supporter
  • Hoplitarches
  • *****
  • Posts: 15,657
    • Alaska Volcanoes
  • Faith: Orthodox
  • Jurisdiction: GOAA
Re: Need New Year's Resolution
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2014, 02:58:10 PM »
I think the Orthodox book and charitable giving ideas are the best to go with.
He will come again with glory to judge the living and the dead. His kingdom will have no end.

--

If you wish to contact me, please use the information in my profile.

Offline hecma925

  • Non-clairvoyant
  • Merarches
  • ***********
  • Posts: 8,316
  • Pray for me, a sinner.
    • Blog
  • Faith: Orthodox-ethnically delicious
  • Jurisdiction: Orthodox Church in AmericaOutsideAmerica
Re: Need New Year's Resolution
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2014, 03:01:30 PM »
During the fasts, whenever you feel like swinging by McDonald's, take a few dollars (whatever you were about to spend) to the first homeless/hungry person you meet or to the charity box at church or food bank.  Every time.  Even Wednesday and Fridays.
Happy shall he be, that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock. Alleluia.

Another blog - http://literarydiktator.blogspot.com/

Offline Dominika

  • Serbian/Polish
  • OC.net guru
  • *******
  • Posts: 1,122
    • My youtube channel
  • Faith: Orthodox Christian
  • Jurisdiction: Sth different than my heart belongs to
Re: Need New Year's Resolution
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2014, 04:45:37 PM »
I would choose 3, as it's very beneficial for the soul and basic in the liturgical life. 7 is also a very good option, as we always need a spiritual reading
Pray for persecuted Christians, especially in Serbian Kosovo and Raška, Egypt and Syria

Offline Alpo

  • Taxiarches
  • **********
  • Posts: 7,266
  • My borcht recipe is better than your borcht recipe
Re: Need New Year's Resolution
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2014, 04:48:17 PM »
Do not think ill of anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.