For I am already on the point of being sacrificed; the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths. As for you, always be steady, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:3-8
For the time is coming when people will not endure spiritual cuisine, but having disordered inclinations they will acquire for themselves junk food to suit their own tastes, and will turn away from the facts conveyed to them by their doctors and become diseased. As for you, always eat rightly, endure exercise, do the work of a fitness trainer, lead others to health and eternal salvation.
Latin disciplina "instruction given, teaching, learning, knowledge," also "object of instruction, knowledge, science, military discipline," from discipulus.
A daily examination of conscience (examen) is indispensable for the spiritual athlete who trains to tame disordered desires. It is far too easy to allow one's minor faults to turn into major flaws merely because one did not attend to a wound when the wound was small. Sin infects the unattended wound and causes it to fester.
To borrow a term, one needs a 'life coach' with whom one can honestly assess one's state in life and from whom one can receive the necessary directions to ensure one is on a correct course. The Sacrament of Penance is the ultimate health program. Gluttony, pride, avarice—the deadly sins are challenged in the Sacrament of Penance. One vows with the help of the Holy Spirit to avoid near occasions of sin. It may take several attempts to give up a particular sin—but never give up. Never. Give. Up!
The hold that sin has on one's life must be broken. To break a bad habit, one must replace it with a good habit. Keep that in mind the next time you are assigned your penance in the confessional. Follow the priest's directions and trust in God! Do not let the devil's whispers lead you to believe that you cannot change. You can change! Ask God for the grace to change, and He will give you His very Presence to lift you up. When you fall, immediately get up and walk, or run, to the nearest confessional!
The Mass, if it is rotten with saccharine music, sentimental jargony sermons, tacky big screen displays or "liturgical" dance performed by scantily clad nymphettes, will send a mixed message. The Mass is heaven on earth, but it looks more like Hallowe'en at a dollar discount store when people get their grubby hands all over it. Is the Sacred Liturgy a sacrifice or a picnic? Is the Mass popcorn—mmm, popcorn—or is it a banquet meant to be fit for a prince and the pauper with whom the Prince of Peace shares all that He is, Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity?
Best defence; strong offence.
In times of temptation, recall a brief phrase that places you squarely within the Lord's camp. For instance, make the Sign of the Cross (the large Sign or, discreetly, the small Sign upon your forehead) and pray
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on me a sinner.God needs your consent to work in your life. He will hound you to bring you back to Him, to life. The trials we experience, whether of our own making or those imposed upon us by others or circumstances, can be opportunities to draw nearer to the Lord, to trust in God Who protects us when all our efforts whither. Trust God with little things and big things alike. No situation is too small nor too large for God to handle. After all, He is God; we are His children. God is there present to rescue us in the worst moments that life, disfigured by human sin, has to offer.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.