Six Spiritual Practices for 2017
Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
We hear this command from the Gospel of John regularly. Too often, we hear it, and it has lost its meaning on us. For many, it has become commonplace, when the gravity of its statement should be anything but trite. When we truly consider the weight of sin Jesus, the Lamb of God, bore for us, and the grace and mercy He share with us, our lives, our schedules, our routines should reflect that reality.
So, how are we to truly respond?
I recommend these six basic practices on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
1. Pray every day
Until you realize that prayer is the most important thing in life, you will never have time for prayer.
Set aside some time to speak with God first thing every morning.
Pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary, and the Glory Be.
2. Read the Bible
People who read the Bible grow in grace, wisdom, and peace.
3. Examine your conscience before going to sleep
Take a few moments to review the day, including both your blessings and sins.
Give God thanks for blessings and ask forgiveness for sins. Say an Act of Contrition.
4. Go to Mass every Sunday
Being in community with believers and celebrating the sacraments is a crucial element in continuing to grow in faith and Godliness.
5. Keep the Sabbath.
Dedicate the day to rest and true recreation, and avoid work that is not necessary.
Spend time with family, attend Mass, and enjoy the gift of the day.
6. Go to Confession every Month
Open your soul to the gift of our Lord’s mercy!
Most importantly, never give up!
Behold, said John referring to Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the Sin of the world!
Sin a disease from which we all suffer. We are born with it. It is part of us.
It is a condition of brokenness and alienation, alienation from ourselves, from others, alienation from God.
Each of us is broken, wounded and damaged. We need to have our brokenness repaired, and our wounds healed.
To be redeemed is to be made whole and well. It is to be restored to our original innocence through the grace of God.
Salvation is liberation from sin—to think, and see, and love, like Christ.
Salvation is surrendering to the Lamb of God who takes away the Sin of the world.