January 13, 2015: 6 Perfect Tips To A Happier New Year

~by Susi Pittman

I hope for much from Your bounty, O Lord, because You Yourself teach us to ask, to seek, and to knock; at Your word, I ask, I seek, I knock. O Lord, You who tell us to ask, grant that I may receive; You who tell us to seek, grant that I may find; You who teach us to knock at the door, open to the one who is knocking! I am weak; strengthen me. Bring me back, because I have wandered away, and revive me, because I am dead. According to Your good pleasure, direct and govern my senses, my thoughts, and my actions, that I may live by You and give myself entirely to You.” ~Saint Augustine

Each “new year” brings the hope and promise that a better life awaits us. It is just something that God has placed in our nature…that need for hope and harmony. It is at the turn of a New Year that it seems as though the world, for a moment celebrates such possibilities.

IT is a feeling that we need to adopt all year long. And we can if we take the time to establish six perfect little habits in our daily lives:

  • Turn to Jesus in a dedicated and continued prayer life
  • Forgive those who hurt you
  • Honor God by attending Mass (church) weekly
  • Donate time, talent and treasure to your faith community
  • Tell those close to you that you love them…often
  • Be patient and be tolerant

Offer all you do to Jesus and ask that it be done according to His will. He will purify you of earthly attachments and strengthen your faith. Walk by faith and not by sight. It is in doing so that the mature soul grows in love, a love that “lays down its life for the beloved.”

Wishing you all a Happy Whole Year in Jesus!

Peace, Susi


Susi Pittman is founder of CatholicStewardsofCreation.com and Owner-President of Twin Oaks Publishing; she is author of Animals in Heaven? Catholics Want to Know!; an advocate for the Florida Catholic Conference; a member of the St. Joseph’s Catholic Council of Women in Jacksonville, Florida; an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph, St. Augustine;a member of the Florida Publishers Association, Independent Book Publishers Association, the National Association of Professional Women, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States and the National Audubon society.



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