In 2010, I chose to do a year long penance for the conversion of my family. For all of 2010, I refrained from a single drop of alcohol. It was a long, tough year. It was hard to not have a beer when my roommates were sitting around with some beers and their Bibles. It was tough going to the Turf and ordering a cherry coke for a year. But I made it through the wilderness and guess what, my penance was effective because my sister is becoming Catholic!
Last year I didn’t do a penance. When 2011 came around I wasn’t sure that my penance had been effective. But this coming year I have decided to work on another penance for my family. This time it will be considerably better because I’ve done a year-long penance and because my family is way more open to the graces that true Christianity, that is Catholicism, has to offer for each of God’s creatures. I won’t tell you what it is, but I’m very excited to begin. Now if you’ll excuse me I need to go buy some supplies for it.
Happy New Year and Happy Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God!