So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Sunday, January 17, 2016

The power and mercy of the Cross

CS 2016

Praying the Sign of the Cross

As you rise from your bed at daybreak, before rubbing the sleep from your eyes, make the Sign of the Cross. Make the Sign deliberately, attentively, aware that your day is now consecrated to the Lord and that you are in His hands. This first prayer of the day is an act of faith disposing your life each and every day to the will of the Lord. If you find this practice easy, or even if you do not and you struggle to persevere in its application, realize it is the Holy Spirit Who is fuelling your desire to be close to the Lord.

Midday, or thereabouts, find a quiet moment to pray the Our Father. Entrust, again, the day's activities—joys, sorrows, annoyances, achievements—to the care of the Lord. By offering the day to the Lord, the Lord takes on your triumphs and tribulations and guides you through them.

Before retiring for the night, before the exhaustion of the day takes over completely, make the Sign of the Cross, aware of your need for God's mercy for the things you perhaps shouldn't have said or done and in thanksgiving for the many blessings of the day. Pray for those who need prayer. Invite the saints, especially the most holy Mother of God, to join you in prayer. Give thanks for family and friends, for a blessed moment offered by a stranger who gave you timely advice or correction or acknowledgement in the form of an affirming glance, a 'hello' or the courtesy of allowing you to go ahead first in the lunch lineup. Give thanks for those who intentionally ignored you. Ask God to watch over those who behave with practiced indifference toward others. Forgive the ignorant their ignorance. Entrust to God the confidential matters shared with you by a coworker. Give thanks to God, too, for the help of your guardian angel who watches over you day and night, at work and at rest.

Remember to say grace before meals!

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