EVERY CATHOLIC FIVE GUIDELINES FOR DAILY SPIRITUAL PLANNING
These are suggestions and a beginning, not a law written in stone. If followed sincerely they will bring you closer to God. Remember that these are not mere things to accomplish, but each is an encounter with our loving Father.
1. Morning Offering
Inviting Jesus into your day should be the first step. This could be done with a simple prayer such as;
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. Scriptural 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. This will build your relationship with God and draw you away from the things of condemnation
4. Meditation Time and 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.