Please don't feel like
a failure – even the saints have dry periods. I believe advice they give during
those periods is just to keep going, even if you do not "feel" like it. It can
be more meritorious for you to continue even if you do not have a corresponding
"good feeling" (or "consolations"). I have read that God sometimes initially
gives consolations but that they may be taken away at some point (e.g. as a
test). My first thought is to try to continue with your good resolution even if
you don't feel like it. You might say a prayer asking God to give you the strength
to continue your plan. You can also invoke a saint who had a dry period (e.g.
St. Teresa of Avila).
you cannot continue your good plans without external help, you might start with
your Catholic family, Catholic friends, Catholic neighbors, or fellow
parishioners. If you have a Legion of Mary at your parish, perhaps they can
suggest some Catholics who might like to do this with you (e.g. elderly,
homebound, lonely, etc.). If not, your parish priest may have some good ideas.
still find it difficult to continue, perhaps you might enhance or vary your plan
somewhat? For example, adding holy images, reading saints' sermons on the
Scriptures, praying a Scriptural Rosary, playing holy music in the background,
meditating on events in Jesus' life, etc. Note that it is always recommended to
pray the Rosary daily (try
here for some reasons). This short (e.g. 15 minute) devotion might be just
what you're looking for. It is easy, rewarding and very powerful.
In any event, the fact
that you have met this challenge and didn't give up, but are seeking a way to
continue with your resolution, shows your good intent. IMHO, it is also very
praiseworthy. During your present dry period, perhaps it would be good to
consider St. Francis de Sales' statement that...
"One single act
done with aridity of spirit is worth more than many done with feelings of
You can find more
quotes related to holiness
focusing on the rewards to be gained (e.g. pleasing God, honoring your Blessed
Mother, growing spiritually, eternal rewards, etc.) may be of some assistance in
helping you to persevere.
We wish you the best
in your good resolutions.
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