Lately I have been slipping. I haven’t been making it to Mass as often as I could. I’ve started to let some days slip by without praying my rosary and my time for silent prayer has been getting shorter and shorter.
In this blog I write often about different devotions and practices that assist us in the spiritual life. We need to have strong foundations to build on with those devotions and practices. If we look at Radical Catholic Living as a fortress then I would suggest that Holy Communion, The Rosary and Silent or Listening prayer are the foundation of that fortress. We build this fortress for two reasons: to protect against sin and temptation in order to commune more fully with God and also to have a place to launch attacks against the gates of hell in order to win souls.
It is in my opinion the most effective devotion in our battle against sin and our battle for souls. The daily rosary wraps us in Mary’s mantle and protects us from temptation. It is especially effective against sins we are already ensnared in. Have an intention? Place it in the hands of Our Lady though the rosary.
Intimacy with God is what we want. Right? We must strive to listen to what messages God has for us. Everything we do we must take to God in prayer. We have to communicate with our Blessed Lord everyday to acheive this intimacy.
As the Catechism states, “the mass is the source and summit of Christian life. It is where it all comes together. We spend our day trying to surrender and listen to Jesus and finally in Holy Communion we receive him in the most intimate way possible.
Holy Communion, Silent Prayer and The Rosary are the foundations we need to build the fortress of Radical Catholic living. Start laying your foundation today.
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 for the parishes of the Catholic Community of Wexford, PA.