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
Pray this daily for thirty days:
Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so prompt, so strong,
before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires.
Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession,
and obtain for me from your Divine Son
all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power,
I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers.
Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms;
I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart.
Press him in my name and kiss his fine head for me and
ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, patron of departing souls – pray for me.
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I did an interview recently on the little-known practice of preparing for a good death.
Here are some of the quotes I referenced:
“When once you have departed this life, there is no longer any place for repentance, no way of making satisfaction. Here life is either lost or kept. Here, by the worship of God and by the fruit of faith, provision is made for eternal salvation. Let no one be kept back either by his sins or by his years from coming to obtain salvation. To him who still remains in this world there is no repentance that is too late.” -St Cyprian of Carthage
“If we were required to die twice, we could jettison one death. But man dies once only, and upon this death depends his eternity. Where the tree falls, there it shall lie. If, at the hour of death, someone is living in bad habit, the poor soul will fall on the side of hell. If, on the other hand, he is in the state of grace, it will take the road for heaven. Oh, happy road!” – St John Vianney
“…is not he a fool who seeks after happiness in this world, where he will remain only a few days and exposes himself to the risk of being unhappy in the next, where we must live fore eternity? We do not fix our affections on borrowed goods, because we know that they must soon be returned to the owner. All the goods of
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I rely on Father Troadec for daily meditation material because he follows the Church’s liturgical use of the scriptures every day of the year. This is a special production of his for these troubling times. I encourage you to read it, regardless of what you think about the Wuhan. The Psalms are always great! Consider reading and sharing this article.… Read the rest
One of the cool things about being Catholic:
There is a Saint Corona, and she is the Patron Saint against plague and epidemics.
Read more about this Saint here.… Read the rest