Refocusing your faith

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Our chapel is a great place to spend time diving into the Word; it allows for both reflection and relaxation (Photo Credit: Sierra Wangler).

Sierra Wangler, Senior Staff Reporter

With every new year comes new desires, new hopes, and a chance to start fresh.

According to www.statisticbrain.com, an educational resource for information, both losing weight and getting organized are the two most popular New Years resolutions; however, only 8% of all resolutions are successfully carried out.

One resolution in particular– an improved faith life– is becoming increasingly popular, especially over the past few years, as highlighted by Pope Francis.

“Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are,” said Pope Francis in a recent speech.

Senior Kailey Savona has always been strong in her faith but is making a conscious effort to further explore this aspect of her life in 2015. She wants to encourage others to do so as well.

“Living out the Mercy values is very important to me,” she said. “After all, they are good values to live by.  My favorite is service because serving others is one of the best ways to serve God.”

The five values are posted throughout the school’s halls and classrooms; however, they are easy to overlook. Savona has a few suggestions on how to reinvigorate your dedication to these values.

“Open up your bible, and soak in all the beautiful messages,” said Savona.  “Maybe get some type of daily devotional. It’s a good way to connect with God every day.  Most importantly, pray!”

Savona also commented that the chapel is a great place to spend an off hour or just even a few minutes between passing time.

“I try to make it to the chapel as often as possible because I love the silence and how pretty it is when there’s sunlight.  It’s a great place to escape the craziness of school and be with God.”

Implementing just a few of Savona’s suggestions into your everyday life can lead to a happier and more purposeful new year.