New Year’s Resolutions

Here are some of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2010:

  • 1 hour a day praying, reading and writing
  • Read through the Old and New Testaments. Care to join me?  Here is the link to my plan.
  • 1 day a month in solitude
  • Skateboard everyday with my boys
  • Teach my daughter to drive (she is going to l-o-v-e love reading this!)
  • Date my wife every week
  • Rim to Rim in the Grand Canyon


Filed under A Good Life

8 responses to “New Year’s Resolutions

  1. Emma

    Oh, Father, You know me way too well!
    This new year is gonna be fun!

  2. 365 days of skateboarding … wow!

  3. Well, surprisingly I’ve missed the NT Challenge since last Friday’s feast. I thought that I’d be glad of the extra half hour to write or whatever. So I’ll take your Bible reading challenge. And I like the idea of a monthly retreat.
    Not sure about the Grand Canyon though, I don’t want to lose my favourite blogger quite yet.
    Happy New Year to you and yours, Father.

  4. tinag46

    Now for a true challenge Father – skateboarding the Grand Canyon rim to rim (making sure your parish health insurance plan is up to date). The resulting free time recovering from your injuries should effectuate your plans for completing resolutions #1 and #2.

  5. I wish I could have the one day a month. As it is, there are services 5 days a week, and work the other two, and always something. One day a month would be very good for my soul. The closest I get to solitude is when I am alone with the horses.

    I will take you up on the reading of the bible in one year. I generally do not do these sorts of things, but for some reason it sounds like something I should do. I am already “behind”, and the services of Nativity are upon me this week, but maybe I can catch up at work today.

    • Fr. James Coles

      Dear Fr. Seraphim,
      In my book, alone time with the Lord with horses is still alone time with the Lord.
      Amma Syncletica said, “Many live in the mountains and behave as if they were living amidst the uproar of the city, and they are lost. It is possible while living amongst a crowd to be inwardly solitary, and while living alone to inwardly beset by the crowd.” (Sayings of the Desert Fathers, Syncletica, 1)
      May God grant you and your people a blessed Nativity!
      Fr. James

  6. Cathy

    Happy New Year Father!

    If you need any information on hiking the Grand Canyon, you can contact my cousin and her husband. They’ve done it several times. Please let me know and I’ll give you her email address.

    Teaching your daughter to drive huh? I tried to teach our son, but failed miserably. My husband did a little bit better. After a while though, we decided to leave that job in the capable hands of a wonderful woman at AAA! Good luck to you!

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