Most of us make New Years Resolutions such as losing weight, exercising more, eating better, breaking bad habits, or in some way improving ourselves. In this vein, I like to suggest a New Years Resolution that could dramatically change your life for the better; that is, becoming more Merciful.
In case you haven't heard, in the Roman Catholic faith tradition, 2016 is the Year of Mercy. (Note: Follow this link to the Vatican's Web Page, and this link to the Wikipedia article to learn more about the Year of Mercy.) So if you'd like to become more Merciful, I'd like to suggest some things you can do.
(Note: Follow this link to read the Wikipedia article on the 7 Spiritual and 7 Corporal Works of Mercy. Attribution: Most of what follows is based on a religious track from Marian Press, Stockbridge, MA (800-804-3823, thedivinemercy.org and shopmercy.org))
Spiritual Works of Mercy
Forgiving takes so much less energy than hating. Forgiveness is a verb and it takes time so you have to continually practice it especially towards those who deeply hurt you.
Corporal Works of Mercy
Most of us who've had beloved pets bury them in the back yard when they die. It's our way of honoring God's creatures who've given us so much love in their short lives.