Friday, January 02, 2009

Starting the New Year Right: Begin a Spiritual Plan of Life

Here is a list of things you can do throughout the year to fortify your relationship with our Lord:
  1. Begin with a morning offering; courageous moment; arise immediately and offer the day to our Lord
  2. Daily Prayer - ACTS (Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving & Supplication) pick a time and place for at least 15 minutes devoted to silent prayer
  3. Spiritual Reading - 3 minutes a day from scripture ( I recommend you begin with the daily readings) and 12 additional minutes from other sources  (See list of recommended books)
  4. Pray the Rosary
  5. Say grace at each meal and openly demonstrate the Sign of the Cross
  6. Attend Daily Mass (advanced)
  7. Invocations or short prayers throughout the day
  8. Frequent Confession (start with once every 8-12 weeks and build up to once a month)
  9. End the day with an Examination of Conscience
Like any new plan you should consider your determination to implement the changes in your life.  You may be better served to start with a few of the recommendations and build yourself up to doing more.  The goal is NOT to create a check list of things you are doing, but to increase your relationship with Christ.  We are ALL called to be HOLY - it's the real END GAME.

Peace and Grace be with you,


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