Resolve to Make a

"CDA Resolution"

One of the few things in life that most of us can count on is to fall flat on our face when it comes to keeping our New Year’s resolutions.

Failure seems about as certain as Death and Taxes!

Yet when a Catholic Daughter resolves to do something, she stays with it and gets it done.

So this year ring out the old "made-to-be-broken" New Year’s Resolutions and ring in a resolution to support a CDA Resolution.

Nine Resolutions were adopted at the Biennial National Convention in July.

(click here for Resolutions)

They addressed spirituality, immigration, stem-cell research, children (the Smile Train), human trafficking and other important issues in a way that reflects the broad spectrum of compassionate concern that has become the trademark of you, the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

Underneath the formal parliamentary language of these Resolutions (a lot of "whereas" and "therefore, be it resolved that," etc.)

is deep passion -- a passionate call for your heartfelt commitment to help end suffering or support something noble and good.

Read the Resolutions carefully. Are there any that are especially near and dear to your heart or that evoke sympathy, compassion or even fierce indignation?

What project can you discuss with your Court to put this Resolution that speaks to you into action?

For example, Resolution No. 7 addresses "the vast number of illegal immigrants in the United States" with a resolve to pray for a public discourse on the issue marked by prudence and compassion leading toward a positive resolution.

January 14, 2007 will be the 93rd World Day of Migrants and Refugees. This year’s theme is "The Migrant Family"  (click here to link to the Holy Father's message for the World Day of Migrants).  Perhaps you would like to plan something with your Court on that day in support of Resolution No. 7.

This is just one idea. The possibilities are limitless.

When you and your Court have resolved to actively support a CDA Resolution let us know and we will post your story on this website.

If you have done so already we’ll post it as well.

Email your activity on behalf of a CDA Resolution to Tom Panas at:

In the subject line write "CDA Resolutions."

Best wishes to all for a wonderful 2007.