SANCTIFY THE DAY
1. By mental and vocal prayer, especially at morning and at night.
2. By means of the Good Intention or Morning Offering; by praying with the heart all day long in doing all things and bearing all sufferings in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus and for the greater glory of God.
3. By means of Ejaculatory Prayers, and especially short indulgenced prayers.
4. By the practice of the Presence of God. This work can be read online: external link, HERE.
5. By a Spiritual Reading, for instance, from "The Imitation of Christ," or "The Lives of the Saints"; by the Particular Examen and by the practice of a particular virtue in honor of your patron Saint. The Saints are our models in the following of Christ; they teach us the way of salvation; let us honor them, imitate their virtues, and invoke their intercession that we also may become Saints. [The Particular Examen is distinguished from a general examination of conscience, which one should do also, in that it is concentrated on one's predominate fault or predisposition to sin.]
SANCTIFY THE WEEK
"The Week Sanctified" is a popular term applied to a custom among Catholics, whereby each day of the week is consecrated to a particular devotion, thus:
Sunday--------------------To the Holy Trinity:
Meditation on: faith, hope, and charity--love of God--conformity to the will of God--desire of Heaven.
Monday--------------------To the Holy Ghost and the Holy Souls in Purgatory
Meditation on: the duties of your state of life--the sanctification of your actions--fidelity to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Tuesday----------------------To the Holy Angels
Meditation on: your ruling passion--the virtues--venial sin--mortal sin.
Wednesday--------------------------To St. Joseph
Meditation on: the example of patron Saints--the Childhood of Our Lord--the work of mercy.
Thursday----------------------To the Blessed Sacrament
Meditation on: virtues taught by Our Lord m the Blessed Sacrament i.e., humility, silence, forbearance--the Holy Mass.
Friday---------------------To the Passion of Our Lord and To the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Meditation on: the virtues specially taught by the Passion, i.e., penances, resignation, fraternal charity, mortification--the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Saturday--------------------To the Blessed Virgin Mary and To Special Prayers for Priests
Meditation on: her purity, humility, obedience, gentleness--her love to Jesus Christ--also death, judgment, eternity, Purgatory and Hell.
SANCTIFY THE MONTH
Many devout souls choose a patron Saint for each month, in whose honor they cultivate a certain
virtue. They also practice each month a particular devotion. The monthly devotions are usually arranged in the following order:
January---The Holy Infancy.
February---The Holy Trinity (also the Holy Family).
April---The Holy Ghost (also the Passion for Lent).
May---The Blessed Virgin Mary.
June---The Blessed Sacrament and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
July---The Precious Blood of Jesus.
August---The Most Pure Heart of Mary.
September--The Holy Cross.
October---The Holy Angels and the Holy Rosary.
November--The Holy Souls in Purgatory.
December (Advent)---The Immaculate Conception.
A particular virtue may be assigned to each month as follows:
January---Love of Jesus Christ.
May---Meekness, purity, the spirit of poverty.
June---Obedience, piety, dutifulness.
July---Simplicity, faith, liberty of spirit, cheerfulness.
August---the sanctification of our actions, diligence, edification, fidelity in little things.
September---Piety, fervor in the performance of sacred duties, the spirit of prayer.
December---Conformity to the Will of God, Divine Love.
Source: MY PRAYER BOOK by Fr. Lasance
with Imprimatur and Nihil Obstat, 1953.
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