I often fall because I am just forgetful about what I am striving for. For example if I am trying to fight the sin of envy I may wake up in the morning and not really even think about it until later on in the day when I have already let thoughts of envy rum rampant through my mind. I won’t remember to pray against it. I won’t remember to ask God for the grace to rid myself of it during mass and I wont call on the Blessed Virgin for help against it either.
Another example would be if I have decided to add a certain devotion to my daily exercises but I forget to plan a time for it. Say I am ready to start praying the daily rosary but I don’t do it right when I wake up and I have a really busy day so I forget about it. This kind of forgetfulness gets me all the time.
I know it probably seems silly but forgetfulness can be a serious detriment to us if we are really striving to live a radical catholic life. The Devil will use whatever he can to darw us away. In this day and age forgetfulness is becoming more and more prevalent.
Here are some ways to combat forgetfulness in your life:
- The “To DO” list: This probably sounds crazy but there is nothing wrong with writing down a few notes about what you want to accomplish the next day. I often will write on a sheet of paper things I do not want to forget the next day and lay it next to my bed so I can’t miss it.
- Physical reminders: if I am trying to fight a particular sin I may try to make a physical reminder like a post it note. I will put it in my pocket as a reminder through out the day. I have even gone as far as to write the letter E on my wrist so I remember to keep vigilance against envy.
- Pray for deliverance from forgetfulness: In the Philokalia the Fathers say to pray to God each day for deliverance you from forgetfulness.
- Live on a schedule: When we have a schedule life is just more organized and less crazy. We are naturally less forgetful when we are more organized.
- Don’t take on too much: Be methodical and deliberate about your spiritual endeavors.
- Make each morning a time for preparation: Train yourself to think about the battle each morning. This will eventually become a habit and it will be the time you remind yourself what you are striving for.