Michelle at the Rosetta Stone asks, “What is your New Month resolution?” As she points out, we don’t have to wait for New Year’s Day to make changes and our changes don’t need to monumental. This reminds me of my “pizza dough” spirituality. If you have ever made pizza dough you know it has to be treated gently. If you stretch it too fast it just tears. So to fit my blob of pizza dough into my pizza pan I have to carefully push and nudge it little by little until it covers the bottom of the pan. It is a slow, steady, patient process.
Shaping my spiritual life requires the same slow, steady approach. I can visualize an ideal state for my prayer life. I would make time for the rosary every day. I would attend Mass every day. I would read scripture every day. I would set aside a time for contemplative prayer and reflection every day. I would remember to examine my conscience and say an act of contrition every day. I would go to confession at least every two weeks. The list goes on and on. Okay, I am nowhere near this ideal. If I tried to leap from where I am now to where I think I should or could be I am doomed to failure. However, I can make little changes. If I don’t say a full rosary every day, maybe I can say one decade. Okay, maybe I can say one extra Hail Mary. Can I increase my daily Mass attendance by at least one day per week? Can I read the daily Mass readings first thing in the morning, whether or not I attend Mass?
As I start July, my New Month resolution is to try and stretch my prayer life just a little bit. If I keep stretching day by day, month by month, I will grow closer to my ideal. Hopefully, I will also grow closer to God.