Adopt a three-point plan for holiness in the New Year

All Christians are called to holiness. “Be perfect, as you heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48). There are three tools on which every Catholic can rely to attain greater holiness.  

Daily prayer.  God meets us in a very real and present way when we come to him in prayer. Start in the morning and pray throughout the day.  

Weekly Mass.  The Mass is a sacrifice and a meal. We receive Jesus’ body and blood as real food for our souls. He said, “For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him” (John 6:55-56). That’s why we call it “Communion.”  

Monthly Confession.  Jesus created the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (Confession) because he knew we would stray. He also knew we would want to come back. Frequent participation in this Sacrament sharpens our sense of sin, holds us accountable for our errors, and gives us the grace to keep trying for holiness.