If you’re really struggling with a vice or an addiction, this formula has worked to free people from lifetime addictions. I’ve shared it with thousands and I’ve never known it to fail.
Begin each morning with prayer. Start with the simple Guardian Angel prayer. Then give thanks to God for keeping you safe throughout the night, for giving you another opportunity to serve Him, to do penance, to serve others, to make reparation for your sins, to grow in holiness. There are many good Morning Prayers in the 1962 Missal from Angelus Press. If you’re working on a particular vice or habit, make sure you ask Our Lord and your Guardian Angel for specific help throughout the day to avoid the near occasion of sin and to grow in the opposing virtue.
Daily holy hour with particular emphasis on mental prayer
The daily holy hour is the centerpiece of this strategy for victory over sin. It’s best done first thing in the morning, after the bathroom and after coffee, but before anything else.
Your goal here is to enter into an intimate conversation with God. A good starting point is mediation on the readings for the day, or the breviary, and then quietly turn your thoughts and quiet internal conversation towards Our Lord. Share the things that are on your mind. Tell him about your hopes, dreams, fears. Then stop talking. Direct your imagination towards the readings of the day or a mystery of the rosary. Stay silent … Read the rest
Something extraordinary happened last Saturday afternoon when we joined a handful of other folks at Planned Parenthood in Nashville to walk around the block seven times and pray. One of my children alerted me to it afterwards.
On our second lap around the abortion mill, a group of local residents gathered outside their apartment complex to yell, scream and throw ice at us. One of the loudest females began screaming, “They don’t kill babies in there” and other such things. She was accompanied by several children ranging in age from perhaps five to late teens and they began chanting with her.
Once the locals heard that the police had arrived and were lined up right around the block, they scurried back into their homes, with the exception of a few young children, one of whom continued to scream at us as we walked by.
Either this girl had heard things incorrectly, or she had lost track of the chant, because instead of yelling, “They don’t kill babies in there”, she was screaming, “They kill babies!” She persisted long after her mother had disappeared.
I don’t know whether she thought she was supposed to yell at us because we were the baby-killers, or if she was just trying to emulate her mother, but it reminded me of the scene from Schindler’s List where the young German girl is screaming at the Jews who were being herded into the Krakow Ghetto.
I struggled to explain some of these things to the younger … Read the rest
My most recent debate brought out a lot of anonymous trolls in support of the Church Maleficent campaign against traditional Catholics. One of them claimed to be a Marine, as if this was somehow a proof of the veracity of his position. I challenged him to prove it, which he couldn’t, but in the spirit of transparency I’m posting my own DD-214 here.
I interview my Mom and Dad about their experience with the virus, including their initial symptoms and the difference in the progression of their illness, their treatment at the hospital, the effect of prayers while they were in the hospital, the side effects of the anti-malarial drug and their thoughts about the economic shutdown.
“Local homeschool mom Cindy Breyers has a morning routine: get up at 6, read Proverbs 31, read fourteen other chapters of the Bible, make coffee, and finally, go out for a quick morning jog with her 18-seat jogging stroller.
The wife cheerily gets all the kids ready, loads them all into the custom stroller, and goes on a quick 5-mile run around a nearby lake.
“It’s important to spend a little 1-on-18 time with the kids as you go about your day,” she said as she picked up the pace up a steep incline, reporters struggling to keep up with her. “Josiah! Let’s remember to share some Goldfish with your twin brother, OK, pumpkin?”
You know this is not real because she doesn’t have one of those ankle-length skirts on. #BeeFail