- No morning without a fervent prayer.
- No work without a good intention.
- No joy without gratitude to God.
- No diversion without a thought of God.
- No suffering without patient resignation.
- No wrong suffered without pardon given.
- No fault committed without repentance.
- No fault noticed without a kind judgement.
- No good work without humility.
- No one in need without some help.
- No sufferer without consolation.
- No evening without self-examination.
This is Mother Franziska Lechner’s Program of Life. I don’t know much about her but if she followed this I am sure she will be a Saint one day. It is simple to the point and relevant. Its awesome.
Remember, Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life:
This will really put things into perspective in the mornings. I love it.
I have recently been listening to a certain Priest’s homilies on a website called audiosancto.org. I have been really blessed by his messages. He pulls no punches. His homilies taken together present a clear message on how to go to heaven and bring as many people with you as possible. He continually asks his parish the question: “Is it helping you to get to heaven?” I like clear messages like that. There is no reason to cloud the Gospel. Teach people what they need to know to go to heaven, and we will have done our job. I have very little time for a “devil’s advocate” or anyone who likes to skirt the line of orthodox theology for any reason. I share one of his homilies below but I suggest you go to AudioSancto.org and listen to as many as you can find
I recently read the book the 4 hour work week. Great thoughts on simplifying your personal and professional life and focusing on what is really important. I couldn’t help but feel like a rat on a wheel while reading it but good things happened afterward. I started by applying some of the principles to my personal life. I sat down and pondered what things do I most desire during the day. Essentially I was prioritizing. I started out by making a list of about 20 all along knowing that it would be impossible to accomplish all 20 in one day. I had to get deeper into the issue. I asked my self, “which of these things are essential to my happiness?” I finally paired it down to 5 things which I now share.
1. Time with God.
2. Time with family.
1 and 2 are a no brainer. If I don’t pray and spend time with my family particularly quality alone time with all 3 ( my God, my wife, and my Son) I have a miserable day. 1 and 2 are the things that are “Must do’s”. I must do them or I shouldn’t go to sleep. Once 1 and 2 are accomplished, or at least planned for, I can move on to 3 through 5.
If I lay down in bed and I have been able to accomplish 1 through 5 then I sleep well and satisfied. What are the things that are essential to your happiness?
I have been reading a lot of the old Baltimore Catechism. It is a great work of the Church. The reason I love it so much is that it is so incredibly simple. A person could read the first page and just about have the direction he needs to live the rest of his life. It’s in question and answer format and one of the first questions is “Why did God make me?” This is the question that has been on humanity’s mind since the dawn of time. “Why am I here?” I love Philosophy but you can get real confused and wrapped up in the question of Why am I here? Or Why did God make me? People have messed this question up for years and years. Some, influential people, have even confused entire cultures and ages because of their wrong answer. I think most people in our culture and age are confused because of problems they run into when trying to answer this question. People would do well to turn back to their dusty old Baltimore Catechism. Page one asks, “Why did God make me?” And answers, “God made me to know him, love him and to serve him in this world and to be happy with him in the next.” This is our vision for life. We are here to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him in the next. It’s simple
Dave VanVickle is a Catholic speaker and writer focusing on the Universal Call to Holiness and Authentic Catholic Spirituality. He is currently employed as the Director of Evangelization at