A spiritual life can seem detached from our daily, human life, but indeed Christ assumed a human life that we can relate to and look to for spiritual guidance. In this episode learn how Christ’s humanity is for us the center of spiritual life.
We know what a spiritual life is, but what’s a basic way that we can get a daily spiritual plan going? What does a daily prayer life look like? In this episode, Fr. Hanley offers tips and basic practices that anyone can use to get started in living a life of prayer.
Plan of Life For Prayer
Daily Walk with Christ
These are suggestions and a beginning not a law written in stone. If followed sincerely they will bring you closer to God. Feel free to modify and add practices. Remember that these are not mere things to accomplish, but each is an encounter with our loving Father.
1. Morning Offering
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.
2. Daily Mass
The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. Every time we kneel before the Consecration we enter into the unbloodied re-presentation of Christ’s salvific offering on Calvary and receive its effects. This is why attendance at daily Mass is an inestimable aid for growth in virtue and the spiritual life. Attending daily Mass should be a goal of every Catholic who desires to make progress in love of God and neighbor.
3. Scripture Reading and Spiritual Reading
Take about 15 minutes: 5 for Scripture and 10 for the Spiritual Reading. It is good to do this at the beginning of the day so that you can meditate on what you read throughout the day.
4. Meditation time/Mental prayer
Try to have a goal to set some silent time aside to be with the Lord. You can use what you read in Scripture or other writings as a source for meditation. You can also take this time to speak with God about your life and ask for His help. If possible we should try to do this in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament or before an image of Our Lord, especially the Crucifix.
The Rosary has been described as a schoolhouse of Mary where the Spirit uses Our Lady to teach us about the life of Christ and cultivate the Gospel virtues in our hearts. It can be prayed during some quiet time or during a commute or on a walk. It is great to do as a couple or family.
6. Practice of the Presence of God
Make a habit throughout the day of turning our eyes toward God through quick words of prayer. We can fix certain times of day or places to trigger these prayers. The idea behind this type of prayer is that God is always with us and we need only take note of Him. Be creative in this effort.
7. Prayer before Bed
-Examination of Conscience followed by an act of Contrition or other short prayer
-3 Hail Mary’s
-An Act of Entrustment to God:
My Lord and My God; into Your hands I abandon the past and the present and future, what is small and what is great, what amounts to a little and what amounts to a lot, things temporal and things eternal.
Weekly and Other Practices:
-Sunday Mass and Holy Days of Obligation
-Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Hours in a Church or Chapel
-Pilgrimages to Holy cites
Why pray to the saints? Why devote attention to certain saints in particular? What does it mean to have a relationship with them? Get the answers to these questions and hear a testimony that will ignite your vigor to make some new friends among the saints.
In this episode, we find out what actual grace is, and what it means to cooperate with the graces God bestows on us, and what are some examples and kinds of actual grace.
Recognizing the various forms sin can take will help us to understand the actions we need to take to be absolved of those various sins. In this episode we clarify personal sin from actual sin and discuss in particular the two types of personal sin and the avenues God provides for us in order to receive His forgiveness.
“Living the spiritual life is living the life of grace…” says Father… but what does that mean? What is “living the life of grace”? What is grace, and are there any types of graces, and what do they do? Find out more in this episode!
Human origin is something man will never grow tired of contemplating and the fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve, made human sinfulness an inevitable part of our nature. In this episode we offer insight for some questions that arise upon contemplating this complex reality and through them will get a better understanding of God, our Creator.
When we think of the “spiritual” life, we often think of monks praying in monasteries, or people having visions miraculous encounters with Christ. But what does it really mean? In this episode, we find out what the spiritual life is, and how we are called to live it.
We all know Mary’s role in salvation history… but what is her role in the Church? Guest speakers Fr. Mike Rapp and Fr. John Nepil of Catholic Stuff You Should Know explain it all.
The Church is built on a foundation of so many great saints who followed Christ to continue His mission, and thanks to St. Jerome, since early on in the life of the Church believers have had access to the Bible in their own language. “Ignorance of Scripture, is ignorance of Christ!”In this episode hear how the Church Father and brilliant linguist, St. Jerome, used his skills for the greater glory of God.