Pope Francis’ suggested New Year’s resolutions

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VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis met before Christmas with Vatican employees, mostly lay people with families, he asked them to do 10 things. The list sounded remarkably like suggestions for New Year’s resolutions:

— “Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”

— “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.”

— “Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”

— “Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.”

— “Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.”

— “Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.”

— “Be careful of envy, lust, hatred and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.”

— “Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.”

— “Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.”

UPDATE because we initially didn’t include No. 10:

— Making sure your Christmas is about Jesus and not about shopping.

122 Responses

  1. Reblogged this on Saint Mark the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church and commented:
    Looking for New Year resolutions? Pope Francis has ten excellent ideas to help us grow in our Christian life.

  2. Words of a father.Thank you Papa.

  3. I agree with all of this, but the only way we can achieve this is following the teachings of Jesus Christ…”LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU” AND THE WAY WE GET TO DO THIS, IS BY STARTING THE CHAIN OF LOVE…WHICH IS SIMPLY SENDING LOVE THOUGH OUR SPIRIT, WITH OUT SPEAKING.
    SENDING LOVE..TO EVERYONE THAT WE KNOW, STARTING WITH OUR OWN FAMILY AND FRIENDS, TO THOSE THAT ARE SICK, THOSE THAT WE HAVE HATED ( HATRED IS :CRITISIZING, THINKING WE ARE BETTER THAN OTHER, IN OTHER WORDS WHATEVER IS NOT LOVING FROM THE HEART,,IS HATRED!
    YOU CAN SEND LOVE IN THE MORNING AND EVENING AND OF COURSE THOUGHT THE DAY TO PEOPLE WE MEET OR SEE IN THE STREETS, BUS…ETC.IF YOU DOING IT CONCIOUSLY, YOU WILL NOTICE A CHANGE IN OURSELVES IN A VERY SHORT TIME, AND IN OTHERS..THERE IS A WEBSITE YOU CAN GO TO:
    “CADENA DEL AMOR…OR “CHAIN OF LOVE”
    THE POSITIVE CHANGE YOU WILL SEE AND FEEL FIRST IS IN YOURSELF…TRY AND DO IT AT 8 AM AND AT 9:30PM EVERY DAY AND TO EVERYONE YOU WORK WITH AND ALSO THE ONES YOU MEET IN THE STREET..AND REMEMBER THIS IS DONE IN THE SILENCE OF YOUR HEART AND THIS ACTION WILL BE A HIGH SPRIRITUAL CONNECTION WITH OTHERS.JUST BY SEEING HOW THE WORLD IS CHANGING FOR THE WORST EVERY DAY WE ALL SHOULD BE MOTIVATED TO START CHANGING NOT ONLY US BUT OTHERS AS WELL…ALSO TALK TO YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS SO THEY CAN START AS WELL…LOVE IS THE ONLY POSSITIVE ACTION THAT WILL SAVE THE HUMAN RACE!!

  4. Reblogged this on TULSA CATHOLIC and commented:
    As we begin a new year, these suggestions from Pope Francis are well worth our time to ponder …

  5. I will print it and work on it. Pope Francis is talking directly to the hearts. For some to simple! Isn’t that the way Jesus talked!

  6. That was a great suggestion but what if, I want to move on, but the other people keep on hurting you or harassing you? How can you move on?

  7. I AGREE With Pope Francis’s New Year’s Resolutions !!!

  8. Thank you, Pope Francis, I’ll be sure to pray for you, Happy New Year

  9. Leilani: there are some things you should not have to put up with. You should seek the advice and assistance of someone who loves you and knows the situation. May God bless you as you try to work this out.

  10. Simple but hard to do sometimes. It takes a real loving heart to do all these but with God’s help, these are doable. May the Spirit of God touch our lives that we may do all these or at least try! So much will be gained if we do. May I add: pray for those who hurt & persecute you that they will be enlightened. A Blessed New Year to All !

  11. Reblogged this on Peace & Good and commented:
    It’s that time of year again…we hear everyone asking us about our New Year’s Resolutions. Looking back on 2014 did you grow in your faith?For 2015 do you have a plan to grow in your relationship with God? My hope and prayer for the new year is to put spiritual growth at the top of my New Year’s Resolution list…what will be at the top of yours?

  12. Edified and asking for the same Blessing. Amen

  13. I agree with pope Francis`s New Year `s resolution`s

  14. This message of hope, love and respect needs to be sent to our cardinals at the Vatican. If this issues are not addressed at the Vatican it will not be addressed in our local parishes. But pope Francis be ware if you attempt to address this issues, and if you want to know what I mean ask RATZINGER but keep in mind he is afraid.

  15. Reblogged this on L'amor che move il sole e l'altre stelle and commented:
    “Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.” St Francis of Assisi

  16. there are only nine points… where is the remaining one thing to do…

  17. While the words of Pope Francis are of great inspiration, its very very sad that at the grassroot levels some local archbishops, Bishops and parisht priests dont ever bother.In the case of my refernece its the Catholic church in India especially The archdiocese of Bombay.

  18. Thank you Pope for these tips for success in 2015; God first, then family, work, others and winning habits. There will sure provide anyone with a win-win situation in 2015:

  19. It’s so wonderful that the Holy Father is putting things in real practical terms. A couple of these speak directly to me. Peace.

  20. Reblogged this on MrYarble and commented:
    If everyone does at least half of these the world would be a MUCH better place. God Bless!

  21. This message should be shared to the world and shake up the governments who are not taking care of the sick, the needy, the homeless and the churches who are not feeding their sheep or the spiritually poor. I am not a Catholic but a Christian who attends the Baptist church in Scotland

  22. thank you Pope Francis. Go with God

  23. Reblogged this on mare1040 and commented:
    I like these thoughts🙂

  24. im real weak because of my sins everytime i confess i usually find myself repeating the same thing kindly pray for me brothers and sisters

  25. My husband is having trouble with the word judged in the last item, although he understands that our actions can bring us away from God. God judging us seems like a punishing God.

  26. Love the short and precise comments. Very practical and informative.

  27. Beautiful words to live by and also an examination of conscience

  28. You are the true, servant of GOD.

  29. THank you for the New Years resolutions. They are most helpful .
    Wishing you a happy New Year.

    My husband is in the hospital with
    A blood infection . Please pray for
    Him. We belong to Saint
    Augustine’s Catholic Church in
    Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130 USA
    Bishop ChistpherCoyne has been in our Parish with Father Doug Marcotte.
    Absolutely God,s blessings for our
    Community .
    My husbands name is
    Gus M Vissing. wife Ann
    3416 Middle Road
    Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130 U.S. A.
    90 years old. He owned a
    DODGE DEALERSHIP FOR MANY YEARS. BUILT IN 1928
    It burned 8 years ago
    Gus is a very good person
    Loves life, family and God.
    He has had a few sick spells buy always comes back better than before.

  30. Pope Francis’s message comes in loud & clear. It helps bring in how we are to treat our brothers & sisters…we are all brothers & sisters…treat them with love & kindness.

  31. Wrongful Accusation – is on the increase, it should-be avoided by quietly moving out from that person, area.

  32. Reblogged this on Geek/Husband/Dad/Catholic and commented:
    Wise words indeed.

  33. Love this Pope. Although I am not of Catholic faith I think he is a wonderful Pope and has a very down-to-earth way of spreading the word.

  34. Sorry, BW, and everyone else. I left out the 10th — making sure your Christmas is about Jesus and not about shopping — because Christmas was over.

  35. You are an amazing person! Thank you always for your speakings. They mean so much to me.

  36. Thank you, Dear Pontiff for a reminder of how Our Lord would like us to live in order to be close to Him who is so good to us even when we don’t seem to deserve it, which is probably quite often. A Blessed New Year to you and all of God’s people everywhere.

  37. Thank you, Your Holiness! Keep up the good work! People you don’t even know are praying for you!

  38. excellent thought

  39. Christ oriented life we have to lead.

  40. can we send these resolutions to all the leaders all over the world, each and every govt. officials.

  41. I love it, I will keep them on my desk so I could be reminded about this invitation

  42. Reblogged this on xristeta and commented:
    New Years Resolution for life.

  43. There are only 9….

  44. Excellent New Year resolutions by Pope Francis.

  45. …may your reminders lighten the world of our sins dear pope francis. We see and feel the heavy world full of sin. With your leadership we share your burden. We love you dear Pope Francis!

  46. Reblogged this on Wind Chime.

  47. Beautiful!!

  48. Ask stupid and made up as religion is. This guy is Atleast preaching decent ideas. Props pope. You make a living selling water as wine but Atleast you give people something

  49. I am going to work on my weak areas by applying the above.

  50. Thank you Dear Pope Francis. We will pray for a miracle for Christian Ethics to return to public life and for a long Papacy for you. God Bless you.

  51. Post these to my email all the time. May God bless you in all your works and ways.

  52. All found in Proverbs! Too bad the pope walks man’s way, for the new years starts, per our Father’s instructions, in the month of Abib. Even the Son Yahowsha knew the correct timing of the new year; He became the Passover Lamb based on His Father’s new year.

  53. Love these!

  54. great words , just come to srilanka and see the way the archbishop of srilanka and his priest live……they drive benz cars , where as jesus christ went by foot, they live in palaces and have holiday homes that are also palaces and mansions …in prime land…..dine and wine like maharajas of bygone days……when youbcome they want to make mazzive stages in galle face green and are sooo cheap they want to collect money from people to feed you. as if rome has no moneyvto burn ….burn the gold statues and marbel in rome it can feed the world for 30 years . jesus christ just had a robe to call his own ….today if you go to st notheys and give a priest a st micheal medal to bless he sys in the name of the father the son and sprinkles some water on it gives it to you and say done …where as st micheals and st benedicts mendalsnare purchsed to keep evil ojt and require a long blessing in lattin….here in srilanka you have to buy the medal and when he priest bless it you also have to pay for the above s donation ….ljesus christ did a better job and it nwas free….highly corupted church …lst anotheys kochikade was a place that even john paul visited …. today highly commerciallised by thr catholic priest …..i live christ but i hate the catholic church ……even if you go to meet the archbishop…he never comes out to meet you ….lyou have to hand over a letter to the reception .
    lldid not know jesus christ had a reception nor a palace ….i do not belong to any church but belive in christ and i hope atleast in the popes visit he will realise thatthe archbishop of srilankas a corupted chap and needs to be fired from his job .

  55. i love jesus so much

  56. God has truly blessed us with Pope Francis who doesn’t have to cloud our faith with intellectualism, but simply states how to love God and our fellow man.

  57. great speech pope

  58. We always say we should have new year resolution,this best gift that we should remember and put into hearts to follow,thank you Pope Francis for all the beautiful and spiritual words to live by.

  59. He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice…….;0)

  60. great message for New Year from our Pope Francis

  61. Reblogged this on An Everyday American Catholic and commented:
    In light of my most recent post, I felt called to repost this here. I love this!

  62. Very inspiring.

  63. Reblogged this on Consider It Pure Joy .

  64. Great article.

  65. God is Love!

  66. #4: Bull—-
    #5: Why forgive muslim when they want to kill us?
    #7: My negative feels about muslims will keep me alive.
    #8: How can I not be angry when he is defending muslims.
    Also, where’s tenth thing he said cause I only see nine?

  67. Reblogged this on cityofleedsrose and commented:
    Hence why today I spent time with Hubby going to the cinema to see Night of the Museum 3, followed by a meal at our local Indian Restaurant🙂

    #yearofmaking memories

    Blessings🙂

  68. Reblogged this on Anthony Delaney and commented:
    Still login’ the Pope!

  69. I make the same New years resolution,as I do for Lent every year. I try to improve on the person I already am. I start by asking God in my heart to show me where I need to improve. Then I just listen. Simple

  70. i am so proud and honored to have such a great Pope like Pope Francis.

  71. Reblogged this on The Mrs. A and commented:
    Brilliantly simplistic, and genuine!

  72. I love these rules. One we did not mention was confession. The free counselor for our soul. We need to get rid of guilt. It eats away from our good thoughts.

  73. Please send!

  74. Thank you Holy Father for being a good shepherd to your flock. Be assured that Catholics all over the world support you with our prayers. Please include my family in your prayers. May God give you good health always and the strength of a wild bull to continue all that you do and wherever you go!

  75. Reblogged this on Mermaids & Teal and commented:
    Best Resolutions Ever. 🌿

  76. Reblogged this on Singles For Christ – Oman and commented:
    Have You Thought of Your New Year’s Resolution?

  77. Hopefully the world will heed these wonderful new Year resolutions. Thank you Holy Father Pope Francis for your good love and thoughts to the world we all live in. It’s a happy day when one can rise and shine!!!

  78. …so those 10 commandments tho??? did we just forget about that? through the commandments we can do good and the resolution is to go back to what God already has given us, how can we make new of something that God has already established…

  79. I wonder what Jesus and his father would send to us on this year of our Lord 2015…I can only imagine…Bless you!…Ties esp to St Augustine for the healing of the recent post and bless all those who need healing or need at this time…for as I have received many miracles it is only to do the right thing and pass some of that forward to other’s in need as we are allowed to have this new year…In Thanksgiving to and for you and yours!

  80. I try to be spiritual and know I can always do better
    I will do better with the oil of forgiveness and watching my tongue

  81. Thank you Holy Father you are a breath of fresh air in the church today! Your practical comments fit totally in a world that keeps missing the point in both the clergy lay people. We need to follow those who are genuine followers of Christ and not those who are ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’. and there are a lot of these… I believe we need the intervention of the Holy Spirit for the wisdom to know the shepherd to follow…

  82. Fantastic and great way to start the year

  83. Reblogged this on Full Of Life, Now…. and commented:
    10 New Year Resolution suggested by Pope Francis….. Beautiful ones, if followed, can make our life and lives around us beautiful and complete…God bless…

  84. I dont doubt the sincerity of our pope but I ask him to assist in the petition against hútus refugees in congo Petitioning U.S. Special Envoy to Great Lakes Russ Feingold2

    This petition will be delivered to:

    U.S. Special Envoy to Great Lakes
    Russ Feingold

    Say No To Genocide! No New War In Congo
    Milton Allimadie

  85. Pope Francis is Wonderful!

  86. I love every comment by Pope Francis. His observations if embraced by all on earth, I imagine would heal the world of its grave sins… and toward peaceful, just, and joyful populations.

  87. Deep & powerful words,every days life .

  88. Thank you your Holiness Pope Francis.

  89. It is time for ALL houses of worship of ALL religions to start having hearing access for people with hearing loss. This does not mean the cheapest but installing the access that will actually be used that has no stigma a/k/a not requiring people to wear stigmatizing devices.

    To reach the full spectrum of people with hearing loss there should be induction loops and captioning at all services. Induction loops allow people with t-coils on hearing aids/cochlear implants to hear the speaker directly in the hearing aid/implant when the aid/implant is switched to the t-setting.

    We hope that the Vatican will become a model of access for all houses of worship by installing induction loops. It is hard to ask a question when you cannot hear the answer.🙂

    Janice Schacter Lintz, CEO, Hearing Access Solutions.

  90. Pope Francis’s words are what we need to do to live in this world with more happiness and joy. He is a breath of fresh air. Too bad he decided to forgo challenging Pope Benedict for the papacy. We need him for a longer period of time. He will not need to go for sainthood. He is a saint right now.
    And by the way, my new grandson was named Luke Francis. Luke after the patron saint Luke- father of physicians. Both his parents are physicians and Francis for Pope Francis.

  91. Open your heart and ask God to fill it with His unnlimited love, ask God to fill it with the guiding Holy Spirit . God loves us all. Have a blessed and fruitful New Year.

  92. Thank you Pope for these tips for success in 2015.

  93. Thank you for this. It is good to see how similar Pope Francis’ suggestions are to those of Rabbi Lord Sachs – and good suggestions too from the Archbishop of St Louis on how to imnplement them. Now its the hard work of putting them into practice🙂
    http://stchrysostoms.wordpress.com/2015/01/02/encouraging-new-years-resolutions/

  94. Very encouraging message for new year. THANK you, Pope Francis!

  95. Reblogged this on efgrandi and commented:
    Sentiments that resonate with me.

  96. So good to have such wise counsel from the leader of the Catholic Church. Though not a catholic, I am a follower of Jesus – ( pastor in ‘The Vineyard’) – and am so very encouraged by these good words. Bless you Francis – you continue to inspire me!

  97. Luv you Pope Francis ,live in Philadelphhia and can’t wait for you visit. Always felt LOVE was the answer for everything, but was kind of feeling I was living in a fools world,but you just reassured me that my mother raised me right. P.S. hope I get a to see you in the World Meeting of Families

  98. T.Mangisi :- 06th January 2015. 6.35pm All churches have some rotten apples and it is not Roman Catholic alone, so do not hate the Church but correct the person who does wrong. This even depends on individual presets but do as the Pope is saying for they are words and advice from a great chosen man of God. Thank you your Holiness Pope Francis for the words of WISDOM. Happy 2015.

  99. Thank you, Holy Father. Be strong. Continue your amazing and good work. You are bringing so many home.

  100. Wow, I really need to work on these resolutions. I am having a hard time not to be resentful at work because they are hiring new workers at higher salaries then what I make at work, and I have been a loyal employee. But just in typing this I realize how much I need to be thankful that I actually have a job and think about all those people that are still unemployed. Thank you Holy Father for the excellent resolutions!

  101. A M EN . YOU , CAN REALLY READ OUR MINDS BELOVED POPE FRANCIS. WE PRAISE AND THANK OUR LORD GOD FOR YOU, OUR HOLY FATHER. GOD BLESS US FOREVER.

  102. Pope Francis,
    May we always show the humility and loving care for all around us on our planet that you speak of. You are truly the voice of our Lord speaking.

  103. Many say all religious and “holy Men” indulge in these activities, However the issue is that when these issues are highlighted, the local Archbishop’s house administration does nothing, and prefers to sweep the issue under the carpet.I say this for The Archdiocese of Bombay, India. can some one wake up.

  104. I love this man.. I sincerely believe he is God’s messenger and am grateful for him

  105. Very well said my dearest Pope Francis.
    You are truly a good shepherd of GOD. May the GOD keeps you always in his loving care. & protection & strength so you can bring Christ to many likewise bring more people to Christ.
    I love you. God bless you & thank you.

  106. I will print these resolutions and post them ll over my home! Thank you Pope Frances for your wwisdom, may God’s Grace continue to lead you and our Mother Church!!

  107. I love these suggestions so much. You are the best Pope Francis. I am a Maronite Catholic. Our Bishop Gregory Mansour is in Brooklyn NY. I live in Nashville Tn and go to St.Philips Catholic Church in Franklin TN. Priests are Father Bala fron India and Father Tran who is from Vietnam. I love the diversity.God bless you as I pray the Rosary and pray for you. Dear Father, my daughter is 53 and a single mom of 3. She has aggressive Stage IV cancer. Thank you so much Dear Pope Francis. Louise Stelma.

  108. Addressing the shopping issue at Christmas, Pope Francis is absolutely correct. In the USA no longer do Thanksgiving or Christmas have anything to do with giving thanks, goodwill to men, or family values. It’s all about hitting the malls, breaking up family gatherings so poor low paid workers are forced to work so that the stock holders and executives at Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Sears, etc., can get richer as people rush to the stores for the so-call “door busters.” Those who calm to firmly believe in the meaning of the Christmas season seem to be far and few between, as each year the holiday season becomes more about shopping and spending, than about Peace on Earth and Good will to men.

  109. This is a very good admonition for all to emulate. God bless our Pope! God bless us all. Amen.

  110. Bless you papa.

  111. Beautiful advise

  112. the resolutions are timeless, apt for any time, yet encouraging to start a new 2015:)

  113. Pope Francis, you are so very special. Thank you for sharing your wisdom!

  114. I love Pope Francis!

  115. Pope Francis needs to take the whip and drive out those greedy clergy. Jesus did the same to those that traded in the temple. Come on Holy Father we are with you. The administration of our catholic church world wide has reached its lowest. Greedy,arrogance, nepotism rule high. We look forward to you to made the changes.

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