As we continue to embrace 2015, I wonder how we are keeping up with our New Year’s resolutions. Each year I set resolutions for myself. Since we are a composite of body, mind, and spirit, my strategy has been to choose one for each. I’m a firm believer that a good balance of these three components will help us achieve true health.
For my body: As Christians we understand that we have to be good stewards of our body. So this year I have decided to exercise by continuing to play racquetball but also by lifting weights regularly in order strengthen muscles and prevent any injury during the games. I have always been involved in competitive and organized sports so I need to continue. Would you like to meet me in the racquetball court?
For my mind: Reading great novels has always been one of my hobbies. It has definitely helped me with my preaching by stimulating my theological imagination. The recommendation came from all my preaching professors, and it works! I will continue, especially with the reading of contemporary Latin American literature. However, this year I have decided to continue my learning of French, my goal is to be able to preach in that language.
For my spirit: Since Pope Francis has called for a Year of Consecrated Life, I’ve decided to read books written by members of religious orders, especially Dominican writers (i.e. fr. Yves Congar, O.P. and fr. MD Chenu, O.P., both well known scholars and masters of theology). However, I confess, at this moment I am reading Jesus: A Pilgrimage by Fr. James Martin, S.J. Finally, let me recommend, since we belong to a parish led by Dominican Friars, The New Wine of Dominican Spirituality: A Drink Called Happiness, by fr. Paul Murray, O.P. The book will take you to a deeper embrace of the charism of the Order founded by St. Dominic in 1216 and its contemporary relevance. It has been my experience that reading solid theological or spiritual books helps me to pray and constantly inspire my homilies.
Now that I’ve shared my New Year’s resolutions, please share yours with me.
—fr. Juan, O.P.