New Year’s Resolutions

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Praying-15-Days-with-St-Josemaria-Escriva_CoverPraying 15 Days with St. Josemaria Escriva is an inspirational book by Fr. Guillaume Derville with a daily Scripture passage and reflection that invites us to meditate on the life of Christ and our own life—offering us an opportunity to ask Christ to help us set the best resolutions for the New Year, and to commit to them with renewed passion and energy.

“You shouldn’t be so easy on yourself. Don’t wait until the New Year to make your resolutions. Every day is a good day to make good decisions.”

– St. Josemaria Escriva, The Forge, 163

Praying 15 Days with St. Josemaria

‘St. Josemaria was not content to simply read the Gospel; he used to live it, as one character more. This characteristic phrase captures his approach. He entered into the life of Jesus; or rather, he let Our Lord become his life, by introducing him into his heart.

In the Gospel we discover not only the life of Jesus, but also our own. “Everything, every point that is told there, has been gathered, detail by detail, for you to make it come alive in the individual circumstances of your life”.’

‘In these pages, as in his earthly life, St. Josemaria will not take center stage. Faithful to his personal maxim, “to hide and disappear so that Christ might shine”, he will step aside to leave us alone with our Savior, to speak with him, listen to him, and contemplate him, for this is what prayer is.’
– From the Introduction to Praying 15 Days with St. Josemaria Escriva by Rev. Guillaume Derville

Day 1 to 15 of Praying 15 Days with St. Josemaria Escriva

Day 1:
Mary, the Mother of Jesus: Mother of Fair Love
Day 2:
St. John the Baptist: The Joy of Loving without Measure
Day 3:
From Shepherds to Wise Men: To Love with a Free Heart
Day 4:
St. Joseph, the Artisan: Daily Work, a Labor of Love
Day 5:
The Samaritan Woman: To Love the Will of God
Day 6:
Sts. Lazarus, Martha, and Mary: A Love Both Human and Divine
Day 7:
The Leader of the Synagogue: Love of Freedom
Day 8:
A Pagan Who Had Faith: Speaking with Love
Day 9:
Two Sinners: Contrition and Merciful Love
Day 10: Children: Learning to Love like a Child
Day 11:
The Donkey: A Choice of Love
Day 12:
Pilate: Love for the Truth
Day 13:
Herod: The Freedom of Love
Day 14:
The Disciples of Emmaus: A Love that Knows No Bounds
Day 15:
Other Christs: Constructing the New City of Love

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