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Do You Have a Daily Ritual?

“Say to the Israelites, ‘You must observe my Sabbaths. This will be a sign between me and you for the generations to come, so you may know that I am the Lord, who makes you holy." -Exodus 31:13

Do you have a daily ritual?

The Lord gives us many examples of rituals in sacred scripture: God instituted the sacrificial covenant ritual with Abram (Gen. 15:8-21); He gave us the ritual of observing the Sabbath (Ex. 8:20); He asked the people of Israel participate in the Passover each year (Ex. 12:27: 1-14); Jesus taught the apostles to pray the Our Father (Mt 6: 9-13); and He instituted the Holy Eucharist (Lk 22: 14 - 20)

We are bombarded by distractions and growing "to-do" lists. God knew that we needed routine in our lives to keep us focused on Him. Rituals help to reserve our mental and spiritual energy for what is most important.

Recently, I took a two-week vacation. My husband and I went on a road trip from Florida to New York and back again. I must admit that being on vacation, I really slacked on my daily routine and I felt a noticeable increase in frustration, agitation, impatience, and lack of peace.

Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed my vacation but now that I'm back home, I'm working really hard to dust myself off and pick back up on my spiritual routine. Here is a list of a few things that I do my best to practice daily. The nice thing about having rituals/routines is that when you get off track, you can always return to them.

Morning routine:
  • Rise early
  • Praise and thank God upon waking up and say morning prayers: St. Michael, Guardian Angel, Renew Consecration to Jesus through Mary, Cardinal Mercier's Prayer To The Holy Spirit, and Memorare to St. Joseph
  • Praise music while getting ready
  • Coffee and prayer time with husband
  • Morning prayer
  • Daily mass (Several times per week, preferably daily)
  • When time permits, a short time of adoration after mass and prayer of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
  • Daily Angelus at noon
  • Litany of Humility prior to beginning work
Evening/Nightly routine
  • Rosary
  • Quiet time of meditation with sacred scripture
  • Examen
  • Gratitude journal
  • Plan for tomorrow asking for God's wisdom

Do you have a set of rituals that keep you focused on the Lord? We'd love for you to share them with us in the comments.

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Nothing is Lost

June 30

June 30

 “Be of good cheer, only work, only strive cheerfully; for nothing is lost. Every prayer of yours, every psalm you sing is recorded. Every alms, every fast is recorded.

                                                                        -St. Cyril of Jerusalem

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These Two were One

June 29

June 29

 Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

Both apostles share the same feast day, for these two were one; and even though they suffered on different days, they were as one. Peter went first, and Paul followed. And so we celebrate this day made holy for us by the apostle’s blood.

                                                                                    -St. Augustine

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Correct Timing

June 28

June 28

Feast of St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr (130 – 200)

Where there is order, there is also harmony, where there is harmony, there is also correct timing; where there is correct timing, there is also advantage.

                                                                                    -St. Irenaeus

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The Mother of God

June 27

June 27

Feast of St. Cyril of Alexandria , Bishop (D. 444)

That anyone could doubt the right of the holy Virgin to be called the Mother of God fills me with astonishment. Surely she must be the Mother of God if our Lord Jesus Christ is God, and she gave birth to him! Our Lord’s disciples may not have used those exact words, but they delivered to us the belief those words enshrine, and this has also been taught us by the holy fathers.

                                                                        -St. Cyril of Alexandria

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Grace

June 26

June 26

How often have I thought that I may owe all the graces I’ve received to the prayers of a person who begged them from God for me, and whom I shall know only in heaven.

                                                                        -St. Therese of Lisieux

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Am I Catholic?

June 25

June 25

“If you’re a Catholic you believe what the Church teaches, and the climate makes no difference.”

                                                                        -Flannery O’Connor

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Self-Sacrifice

June 22

June 22

 Feast of St. Paulinus of Nola (355-431)

What I have I give thee; we will go to Africa, and I will give myself for your son."

                                                                               --St. Paulinus of Nola to a widow

whose only son was taken into

slavery by the son-in-law

of a Vandal king

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