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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Seven Spiritual Daily Habits

Our Father 

Third Sunday of Lent

I just heard a priest from Belfast, Father Eugene O'Neil, saying that after getting up earlier, giving up chocolate, alcohol, TV and deserts he is a little cranky. He then went on to say that the secret of holiness is continued contact with Jesus,  who St Paul calls "the power and wisdom of GOD."   Father O'Neil also mentioned "those" attending the early MASS has dwindled down about half since Ash Wednesday.

Father then asked, "Have you fallen off the old horse again?" I think, when he returns, he will tell me how to get back on the horse without falling off the other side. Did any of you see this? Worth a watch! Good teaching on each of the 7 habits.

These are the 7 daily habits to help us.

Seven daily habits 

1.  Briefly offer up to GOD everything that will happen today - set your bearings - it could be your last day - do this at your bed - kneel for this - "Father, in heaven I give you. . . "

2. Fifteen minutes of silent prayer - your voice - hear it when you pray.

3. 15 minutes of Spiritual reading - your choice but some NT and maybe some great classic reading 

(reading is so important - at end of the week it builds up at just 15 minutes a day to being about 2 hours) 

4. MASS and Holy Communion (pray for Daily) 

5. Angelus - when was the last time you said the Angelus?
Stop at noon or 6  every day quietly - anywhere you are and say the Angelus.

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 
Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 
Hail Mary . . . 

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: 

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

"Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28) 
 "Blessed are you among women,
 and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
(Lk 1:42). 

6. Rosary every day OR at least a Decade - The Rosary reminds us of things that actually took place 

7. Examination of Conscience before you go to sleep - every night.  Hear the Angelus 


Memom said...

Such good suggestions, Terry. Thanks for posting this!

Terry Fenwick said...

These are basic and I know most Catholics do these but these were so orderly - he said the priest who set this up in this order - the order is good - is Fr John McCloskey

Bob said...

These are great suggestions. I am happy to say that I have worked the majority of them into my daily routine over the years. There are a couple I still struggle with, but I know that I am a work in progress, so I continue to offer myself daily to the Immaculate Virgin Mary in the hopes that she will mold me into another image of Christ by her love and best interest for me.