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A Resolution to Remember

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By Chris Sparks (Dec 31, 2013)
Every year, the prayer intentions seem to pile up around the holidays. I don't know why. Deaths, diseases, disaster — it's as if the devil is trying his hardest to spoil the season of joy. And all across the news, bad things keep happening. So perhaps it's time to turn over a new leaf, to make a New Year's resolution that will matter into eternity:

Whenever you watch the news in the new year, have your rosary in your hand.

It's that simple. And that powerful.

Two of the greatest prayers we have as Catholic Christians, outside of the Mass, are the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Both are prayed on an ordinary set of rosary beads. Both are relatively short. Both are exceptionally blessed by God and His mother.

As you're watching the latest crisis, crazy celebrity scandal, or disgusting or bizarre news story, don't grumble about it. Don't let it get stuck in your head, eating away at your faith, hope, and love for the rest of the day. Instead, pray for the people involved.

When the media talk about truly despicable people, don't join in the Two Minutes Hate against these enemies of all of us. Remember the great wisdom of Jesus and pray for them. Pray for your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. Pray for those who disgust and disturb you. Pray for those people who you find hard to love.

The Chaplet only takes about five minutes, or one commercial break. The Rosary only takes about 20 minutes. You're watching the news anyway, and probably going to be dragged down by what's being shared. Don't be helpless in the face of the evil and suffering in the world. Use your God-given tools, your weapons in the dire combat of the spiritual life, to help save your own soul and rescue the souls of your brothers and sisters.

Pray, children of God! Pray!

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Faith - Dec 31, 2013

Dear Chris,
What a wonderful idea! Thank you for suggesting this method of prayer for our very troubled world!
Actually, I have been holding onto a Rosary whenever I watch TV, especially the news, for about the last 15 years. And I do exactly what you suggest---praying during commercials and while watching the horrible news stories and/or even watching an immoral commercial or (what I thought was) a nice program that turns out to be very much against the teachings of the Catholic Church.
From reading your article, I truly feel as though what I've been doing for 15 years is strongly supported, without you even knowing it.
Thank you again for this wonderful article and for your support! Jesus, I trust in You!

Michael Chigozie Nwalozie - http://about.me/michael.c.nwalozie - Jan 1, 2014

Hi Chris,
That really was a great resolution and the messages passed. More so, we thank the Lord immensely for His favors and graces in our lives. A gift of gold is expensive, gift of money is appreciated, but the gift of being alive till this day is priceless. Only the living celebrate it... Happy New Year to everyone. Welcome to 2014.

Bailey's - Jan 1, 2014

We belonged to a group in Marlboro, miss it so much since e moved to Maine.

Suzan - Jan 2, 2014

Praying for your enemies is essential for them and you. Also, stop watching the news on the msm. Watch EWTN instead or listen to the excellent news programs on Catholic radio. Instead of posing for cable, give the money to support these great stations. And, yes, you CAN live without cable and live better!

Com├ĘtSan - Jan 2, 2014

Please pray for me, I did distributed af lot of Devine Mercy in 5 languages and I put it in every
Church who made mass in different language
English,French,German,Purtugaise and Italian
I was printing last Sunday all the devine Mercy
Prayer I heard a voice in my head asking me
Why I do this wasting my time for nothing ! Devine Mercy is not known so much in Luxembourg in which where I live here they speak 6 to 7 languages . Through my dream and
Visions I discover the Devine Mercy and now I started to let the people of this powerful prayer
I really need your prayer for this moment .

Kandy - Jan 3, 2014

Thanks Chris, I needed this!!!

Chris S. - Jan 7, 2014

Thanks, all, for the kind comments! Remember to keep us here at the Center in prayer as well!