I spent the last couple days of the old year trying to decide what resolutions I would make (and probably fail at) for the new year. Lose weight, be more patient, be a better person – all resolutions I have made for many years prior to this new year – are again on my list.
However, it also dawned on me that while I always resolve to be thinner or calmer or nicer, I have never resolved to be more holy. And what could be more important than that? So, for 2019, in addition to the old standards, I have resolved to grow in holiness.
In discerning just how to go about this, I figured I could have no better teacher than Jesus Himself. My resolution is to spend more time with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Every time I pray in adoration or thanksgiving or petition before the Blessed Sacrament, I will give testimony to the undeniable truth that the Eucharist is indeed the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, and the Eucharist will lead me to holiness.
Jesus Christ Himself promised to remain with us “until the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). I know He accompanies His Church as she journeys through history, and I know He accompanies me as I journey to heaven.
It is clear to me that in order to be more holy, I must strengthen my prayer life, deepen my spirituality and make more intimate my relationship with God. It is also clear to me that I can accomplish all of that through veneration of Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2628) exhorts the faithful to make frequent visits to Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament: “Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil.”
The catechism (#2096) also tells me “adoration is the first act of the virtue of religion. To adore God is to acknowledge Him as God, as the Creator and Savior, the Lord and Master of everything that exists, as infinite and merciful love.”
I do not expect to become a saint overnight (or even over the years), but I do resolve to turn more often and with more fervor to Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. What better way is there to start a new year and a new path to holiness than to trust in that “infinite and merciful love” of God?