While flipping through my Roman Missal, I found a section called ‘How to be a Better Catholic’ (p. 2260). The Church gives everything we need! It even has a Spiritual Game Plan. Here are just a few suggestions it makes:
- Get up at a fixed time, as early as possible. (Didn’t I say God is a God of order?)
- Offer your day to God through the intercession of our Lady.
- Work with order and intensity during the day as a way of serving God. (Intensity is a key word for me. I have to be intense in my work to get everything done. What does that say about me when my list of things to do is only half done?)
- Try to attend Mass, receiving Holy Communion, as often as possible. (Got Grace?)
- Spend some time in mental prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. (This one is tough with lilttle kids. Maybe give them a toy or book to look at. Then for every second you are able to pray without distraction, thank God. I’ve so often been annoyed with my kids that I wasn’t able to pray for just 5 minutes without distraction. Wouldn’t it be better for me to thank God for the 2 minutes I had with Him?)
- Pray the Angelus. (I just started to do this a few weeks ago, and I really enjoy it.)
- Pray the Rosary, if possible, with your family, offering each decade for a specific intention. (This is also tough for me. That means dinner has to be on time, the TV has to go off, and dishes have to wait. AND I have to ignore all the whining.)
- Do some other spiritual reading. (I really benefit from opening the Catechism at random and just start reading.)
- Make a short examination of conscience at the end of the day before going to bed. (I try to do this twice a day, because my afternoons are much more pleasant after an attitude correction.)
If I did any of these daily, I’m sure they would be a huge help. If there is a patron saint of consistency, I need to ask him to intercede for me. I’ve known about this list for some time, but can’t stick with anything. I thank God for His patience; otherwise, I’d be doomed.