The Frugal Catholic: “Seven Daily Habits for Faithful Catholics” by Martha Wild King–August 30, 2012

The Frugal Catholic: “Seven Daily Habits for Faithful Catholics”  by Martha Wild King                                                                                  

A red pamphlet in our parish office caught my eye: Seven Daily Habits for Faithful Catholics by Father John McCloskey from CatholiCity.com   It stated, “Have you ever wondered why you have not yet become a saint?… you need to spend more time with Jesus.” “{By applying these habits}… you will gain time.” TIME and SAINTHOOD sounded appealing so I commenced with zeal!

Now the sluggard in me would prefer to sleepProverbs 6:9 RSV states, “How long will you lie there, O Sluggard?  When will you arise from your sleep?”  Alas, being Faithful requires getting up, and this is what I have discovered from these seven.

  1. The Morning Offering–This first habit is the one that sets the day– arising when the alarm goes off and offering your day to God.  No snooze button allowed.
  2. Fifteen Minutes of Silent Prayer–Set silent prayer hasn’t been in my spiritual repertoire for a long time. I do pray the Rosary with set prayer focus on each decade, but quiet, conversational, silent prayer for 15 minutes a day seemed just like adding another “to do”.  What I have discovered, however, is this lovely time has been like sharing a daily thank you note with God.
  3. Receiving Holy Communion–The reality of the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist is what drew me into the Catholic Church.  Thus to partake in daily Holy Communion within the Roman Catholic Church is to follow the Lord’s Prayer, “Give us this day our daily bread.”  His Body and Blood are my daily food to start my journey out right, and as often as possible, I need to partake in this most amazing gift.
  4. Fifteen Minutes of Spiritual Reading–The fourth daily habit should be spiritual reading.  I read/meditate on a chapter of the Bible, two pages of the Catechism of the Catholic Church,  and the saint of the day,  Saints–A Year in Faith and Art  by Rosa Giorgi.  Everyday spiritual reading has been a huge source of Christian growth.
  5. Pray the Angelus–The fifth habit is one I generally forget; nevertheless, praying the Angelus at noon forces me to pause and reflect.
  6. Pray the Rosary–Praying the Rosary daily has been part of my pre-writing morning activity for three years.  I just love to touch the beads, and I confess I am a Rosary hog.  I have 12 of them.   After praying, I hang the Rosary beads  over my desk  as a prayer reminder.  When all 12 are hung, I take them down and begin again.  Just looking at that collection brings spiritual comfort.

    My 12 Rosaries from 12 days of prayer
  7. Examine Your Conscience–Father McCloskey recommends taking a few minutes to go over my daytime in God’s presence.  Have I lived this day for Him? The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1966 . “The New Law is the grace of the Holy Spirit given to the faithful through faith in Christ.  It works through charity; it uses the Sermon on the Mount to teach us what must be done and makes use of the sacraments to give us the grace to do it:” As a Catholic, the Church has given me the tools–the sacraments– to achieve these Seven Daily Habits for Faithful Catholics: I only need to daily employ them!