Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Rosary and New Year's Resolutions

Can you believe it's already January 20th?  If you made any New Year's Resolutions, I hope that they're going well.  If you don't make them or have forgotten them already, I have an idea for you:  Turn to the virtue of the Fourth Luminous Mystery, The Transfiguration, and resolve to become a new person in Christ.

To learn more, read my article on this topic at The Integrated Catholic Life e-magazine.  I wrote a similar article, but applied the concept to fitness resolutions in my monthly column at

Please try to pray the Rosary every day, whether you pray it while exercising, in the car running errands, in front of the Blessed Sacrament, a decade at a time throughout the day, or before you fall asleep.  Your life will be richly blessed if you do. 

Another good reason to pray the Rosary every day is that you'll be able to offer your prayer for so many intentions.  I often pray for personal intentions and for my family, but I also pray for random strangers, people I encounter on a regular basis (like the cashier at the grocery store or the homeless man who hangs out at the library), for our nation and its leaders or for people who have no one to pray for them.  Find more inspiration at one of my favorite websites, How To Pray The Rosary Every Day.


Theresa said...

Thank you for your beautiful prayers, Peggy! They are a blessing!

Peggy Bowes said...

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment, Theresa!

Anonymous said...

I know you were thinking specifically of St. Agnes as a patron saint of chastity for young girls, but I am wondering if there is a complementary lay saint for young boys.

Peggy Bowes said...

Good question, Anon, but I think you meant this for my entry on Jan 21, when I mentioned St. Agnes. In any case, I immediately thought of St. Dominic Savio, who is certainly a model of chastity:
St. John Bosco is also listed as a patron saint of boys (makes sense given his life story), along with St. Nicholas (which baffles me a bit). You can find a very thorough list of patronages and the saints attached them here: