"Try to turn your heart from the love of things visible and bring yourself to things invisible. For they who follow their own evil passions stain their consciences and lose the grace of God. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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FROM THE "PENNY CATECHISM"

     

Daily Routine

355.

How should you begin the day?

 

I should begin the day by making the sign of the cross as soon as I awake in the morning, and by saying some short prayer, such as, 'O my God, I offer my heart and soul to you'.

 
356. How should you rise in the morning?

 

I should rise in the morning diligently, dress myself modestly, and then kneel down and say my morning prayers.

 
  357. Should you also attend Mass if you have time and opportunity?
 
 

I should also attend Mass if I have time and opportunity, for to attend Mass is by far the best and most profitable of all devotions.

 
  358. Is it useful to make daily meditation?
 
 

It is useful to make daily meditation, for such was the practice of all the Saints.

 
  359. On what ought we to meditate?
 
 

We ought to meditate especially on the four last things, and the Life and Passion of our Blessed Lord.

 
  360. Ought we frequently to read good books?
 
 

We ought frequently to read good books, such as the Holy Gospels, the Lives of the Saints, and other spiritual works, which nourish our faith and piety, and arm us against the false maxims of the world.

 
  361. And what should you do as to your eating, drinking, sleeping, and amusements?
 
 

As to my eating, drinking, sleeping, and amusements, I should use all these things with moderation, and with a desire to please God.

 
  362. Say the grace before meals.
 
 

"Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts, which we are about to receive from your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen."

 
  363. Say the grace after meals.
 
 

"We give you thanks, almighty God, for all your benefits, who live and reign, world without end." May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

 
  364. How should you sanctify your ordinary actions and employments of the day?
 
 

I should sanctify my ordinary actions and employments of the day by often raising up my heart to God whilst I am about them, and saying some short prayer to him.

 
  365. What should you do when you find yourself tempted to sin?
 
 

When I find myself tempted to sin I should make the sign of the cross on my heart and call on God as earnestly as I can, saying, 'Lord, save me, or I perish.'

 
  366. If you have fallen into sin, what should you do?
 
 

If I have fallen into sin I should cast myself in spirit at the feet of Christ, and humbly beg his pardon by a sincere act of contrition.

 
  367. When God send you any cross, or sickness, or pain, what should you say?
 
 

When God sends me any cross, or sickness, or pain, I should say, 'Lord, your will be done. I take this for my sins'.

 
  368. What prayers would you do well to say often to yourself during the day?
 
 

I should do well to say often to myself during the
day such prayers as -

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to
the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is
now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

In all things may the most holy, the most just,
and the most lovable Will of God be done, praised,
and exalted above all forever.

O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all
praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine.

Praised be Jesus Christ, praised for evermore.

My Jesus, mercy; Mary, help.

 
  369. How should you finish the day?
 
 

I should finish the day by kneeling down and saying my night prayers.

 
  370. After your night prayers what should you do?
 
 

After my night prayers I should observe due modesty in going to bed; occupy myself with the thoughts of death; and endeavor to compose myself to rest at the foot of the Cross, and give my last thoughts to my crucified Saviour.