State Chaplain's Message
V. Rev. Mark Steffl, STL, JCL Officialis Diocese of New Ulm

Each new year, we hear of making “New Year’s Resolutions.” This year, I would like to encourage everyone to make a “spiritual new year’s resolution” as part of a plan to be closer to Jesus when we find ourselves at this time next year. What can we do? Some suggestions:

  • An addition to our prayer life – maybe some time with Jesus in Adoration, even if it is just a few moments…
  • Add a daily Mass to our week
  • Take advantage of the First Friday/First Saturday devotions each month
  • Make more frequent use of the Sacrament of Confession
  • Find an adult faith formation class to learn a little more about the Catholic Faith
  • Look at getting involved in something more in parish life
  • Make a pilgrimage
  • Pick up a book on the life of a Saint
  • Cut back on some unnecessary luxury or technology
  • Try to incorporate some fasting into each week

This year, I am encouraging people to pray for those who have fallen away from the practice of the Catholic Faith. We all know of someone, whether from our family, or parish or beyond. Pray for that person each day by name, asking the Lord to return them to the Sacramental life of the Church. The Lord can soften the hardest of hearts!


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