People make big things of resolutions. Studies suggest that nine in ten go by the wayside. Do saints have a better record? If Mary, mother of Jesus, lived in a culture with resolutions, would she have made any? If so, would these have been successful?
Saints like Teresa of Avila report that the deeper one goes into the spiritual life, the more one sees one’s sinfulness and the need for reform. Mary, as the theologians tell us, was conceived without sin. Does the need for a serious resolution imply a sinful behavior that needs correcting? Or is it more of a course correction?
From the Gospel reading today, looking back on the events of the Nativity:
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)
But I have to admit that Lent is a better time for resolving, at least for me. Small steps have more often worked for me. One priest I respected often suggested that: small steps with an eye to a bigger goal.
Happy 2017, and good luck with your steps, small or large.