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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
A Daily Schedule for Living a Christ-Centered Life
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I received this excellent email yesterday and wanted to post it here. Even if we incorporate just one more of these suggestions in our lives, we will become much holier. This schedule is one where Jesus Christ is the foundation of daily life. Is your schedule founded on Christ? If not, then please read through this. I'm hoping to add some of these into my life.

A Rule of Life
For Those Who, Living in the World, Aspire after Perfection

By Father Michael Muller, C.Ss.R.

In the Morning

1. Rise at affixed hour, for example, six o'clock; do not remain longer in bed without a reasonable motive.
2. As soon as you awake, offer your heart to God, make the sign of the Cross, and dress yourself quickly and modestly. Then, on your knees, say three "Hail Marys," in honor of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, to obtain a great purity of body and soul.
3. Say your morning prayers, and make a meditation during half, or at least a quarter of an hour. It is better to say short prayers - "Our Father" and "Hail Mary," - or to say your prayers going to or at your work, than to say no prayers at all.
4. Hear Mass, if it is possible.

During the Course of the Day

5. Read a spiritual book for at least a quarter of an hour.
6. Say your beads, if possible, with the rest of the household.
7. Pay a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the church if you can do so. N.B. - For these three last exercises you can choose whatever time will
least interfere with your daily occupations.
8. Frequently make short ejaculatory prayers, above all at the beginning and end of your actions. Employ chiefly acts of the love of God, such as these: My dear Jesus, I love Thee ... I wish very much to love Thee ... make me love Thee more and more, etc.
9. Practice the mortification of the eyes, of the ears, and of the tongue, by sometimes refraining from looking, hearing, or saying things, which, though not dangerous, are useless, in order to be able more easily to abstain from what is dangerous, or even bad.
10. Seize carefully every opportunity of suffering any little pain, contradiction, or humiliation, for the love of God. In every such occasion submit yourself to the will of God, saying: O my God, this is Thy Will; may Thy holy Will be done!
11. At your meals deprive yourself in part or entirely of some little thing you are fond of; and never completely satisfy your appetite.
12. Do not eat between meals without necessity.
13. Fly idleness, bad company, and every occasion of sin, especially those in which chastity is in danger.
14. In temptations, especially those of impurity, make the sign of the Cross, if you are alone; and say in your heart, Jesus and Mary, help me. If the temptation still continues, do not be troubled, but pray with greater earnestness, saying, My dear Jesus, I would rather die than offend Thee.
15. If you have the misfortune to commit a sin, so not give way to trouble, even though the sin be grievous, but make immediately a good act of contrition, with a firm purpose not to fall again, and to confess it as soon as possible.

In the Evening

16. At a fixed hour, for example, nine o'clock, say your night prayers, and make your examination of conscience; recite the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, and then read over the subject of the next morning's meditation.

17. Having said, on your knees, the three "Hail Marys," as in the morning, undress yourself with all modesty, and be careful to remain always decently covered in bed, and to preserve a modest posture.
18. Until you fall asleep, occupy your mind with the subject of the tomorrow's meditation, or with the remembrance of death, or some other pious thought.
19. Choose a good [Traditional] Confessor, in whom you have confidence; open your heart to him without reserve, and be guided by his advice; do not quit him without strong reason.
20. Go to confession once a week, and receive the Holy Communion as often as your director judges proper. (Note: This was before Pope St. Pius X's decree encouraging frequent and daily communion.)
21. Attend sermons and instructions as often as you can, endeavoring always to apply them to yourself, and to draw some practical resolution from them; enter some pious confraternity, with the sole view of attending to the interest of your soul.
22. If your health will permit, fast on every Saturday, and on the eves of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin. At least perform in Her honor some little act of mortification on those days, according to your state of health and your occupations. Nourish in your heart a tender devotion towards the Blessed Virgin, and address to Her from time to time this fervent prayer: My
good Mother Mary, help me to love your divine Son Jesus with all my heart. Wear the scapular, and at least the miraculous medal.

Observation

As this rule of life does not of itself impose any obligation under pain of sin, no one must be alarmed if he cannot follow it in every thing. Let each one take that which is in accordance with the duties of his state of life, which ought always to be attended to in preference to any exercises of piety which are not of obligation. Thus let each one do what he can, but cheerfully, and for the love of God.

A Short Practical Method of Meditation

In the preparation, say: 1. My god, I believe that Thou art really present, and I adore Thee with all my heart. 2. O Lord, I ought to be at this moment in hell; I am sorry for having offended thee: grant me pardon. 3. O Eternal Father, for the love of Jesus and Mary, enlighten me. Then
recommend yourself to the most holy Virgin, to St. Joseph, to your Angel Guardian, and to your Patron Saint; for this purpose say a "Hail Mary," and then pass on to the meditation.
Read the meditation, and pause wherever you find food for reflection. After this, be careful to make affections of humility, gratitude, and, above all, of sorrow and love, resigning yourself in ever thing to the divine will, and make an offering of yourself, saying: O Lord, do with me whatever Thou pleasest, and tell me what Thou wilt have me to do, for I wish to do
Thy will in all things. Be also very careful to ask for particular blessings and graces, as for
example, begging God the grace of holy perseverance, His divine Love, and the light and strength to do always the divine Will, and always to pray. Before concluding your meditation, make a special resolution to avoid some defect, into which you fall most frequently; and then finish with an "Our Father" and "Hail Mary"; and remember always to recommend to God the
souls in Purgatory, and poor sinner. Live Jesus our Love, and Mary our Hope!
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Taken from A Familiar Explanation of Christian Doctrine, 1875
(out-of-print), by Father Michael Muller, C.Ss.R.

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The above is a reprint from "Catholic Family News"
( http://www.cfnews.org/cfn.htm ).

Image Source: Photo believed to be in the Public Domain, From the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX)

12 comments:

del_button January 31, 2006 at 4:27 PM
Anonymous said...

Can I please have that prayer to honor any saint?

God Bless you

del_button January 31, 2006 at 5:19 PM
Anonymous said...

This may be more appropriate to 21st Century Catholics.

SEVEN WAYS TO BECOME SPIRITUALLY HEALTHY
by Father C John McCloskey

Jesus is the one way to holiness, "I am the way, the truth and the life." The secret of holiness is constant prayer which could be defined as continual contact with the Holy Trinity, "Pray always and do not lose heart" (Luke 18:1)

The seven daily habits that I propose to you are:
• the morning offering,
• spiritual reading - the New Testament and a spiritual book
• the Holy Rosary
• The fourth daily habit is participating in Holy Mass and receiving Holy Communion in the state of grace. This is the most important habit of all the seven (cfr. John 6:22-65).
• at least fifteen minutes of mental prayer
• the recitation of the Angelus or Regina Coeli at noon
• and a brief examination of conscience at night.


Don't expect to insert all seven or even two or three of these in your daily schedule immediatelyIt may even be that your life circumstances require a modification of the seven habits. At the same time you must make a firm commitment with the help of the Holy Spirit and your special intercessors, to make them the priority of your life.



These habits, lived well, enable us to obey the second part of the great commandment "to love our neighbor as ourselves."



Summarized from “Seven Daily Habits of Holy Apostolic People”
Fr C. John McCloskey
www.catholiccity.com

del_button January 31, 2006 at 5:38 PM
Moneybags said...

Here's a link to the prayer to venerate any saint:

http://acatholiclife.blogspot.com/2005/12/prayer-to-venerate-any-saint.html

del_button January 31, 2006 at 6:47 PM
Nancy said...

Anonymous, yours is basically a sum up of what moneybags posted. I do not think our prayer habits should change as the years go by. Maybe we will pray for more things as time goes by, that is basically a summing up of what Moneybags wrote.

God Bless you and keep you.

del_button February 1, 2006 at 10:42 AM
antonia said...

that was wonderful. thanks for posting!

del_button February 1, 2006 at 12:49 PM
Barb, sfo said...

This is great! Sending it to the printer now....thanks for this. Thank you also, Anonymous, for the 7 Habits.

del_button February 1, 2006 at 5:17 PM
Saint Peter's helpers said...

Great post Moneybags. A great help for me in following daily rule of life. Thank you.

del_button February 1, 2006 at 6:43 PM
seeking_something said...

wow. thanks

del_button February 1, 2006 at 10:31 PM
marie said...

Ooooh I love this one Moneybags and will keep it. Also when one spends time in prayer, remember to quieten the mind in order to hear the still small voice of God. Prayer shouldnt always be too 'wordy'.

What a brilliant topic THANKYOU!

Peace of Christ to You.

Marie

del_button February 2, 2006 at 11:29 AM
Audrey said...

I'm quite an unruly person, not just in daily lives, but also in my spiritual life! I do need a guide so I can live my spiritual life more 'systematically'! Thanks for the post, Moneybags! And yours too, Anon!

God bless.

del_button January 23, 2017 at 9:34 PM
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del_button February 16, 2017 at 10:19 AM
Anonymous said...

I feel as an atheist for almost 58 years, but now converting, that I should apply this schedule to myself for the rest of my life to make up for my sinful atheism. Thank you.....

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