i love the internet. it is a seemingly endless source of information. one of the things i am pursuing right now is a deeper spirituality - i found a pretty interesting website, but cannot say i am in full agreement with what i am reading on it. i am interested in pursuing a spiritual director, and in an effort to ready myself once i find one (i mean, i love my monsignor as my confessor, but i doubt at his age, he has the time to listen to my endless questions...), have decided to display some of what this site is saying and answer with comments and questions...
upon further inspection, i originally thought i'd put this in my prayer blog, but since i have more visitors in my main blog, thought i'd list some of the requirements of their "Psychological Healing in the Roman Catholic Mystic Tradition," and put it out here for discussion, if anyone wishes.
There are four basic requirements of the spiritual healing process: prayer, abstinence from defenses, charity, and self-encounter.
1. During the course of the work, the basis of your emotional stability will be prayer.
On a daily basis, keep, at a minimum, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours.
If you have a family, pray the Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer each day as a family activity, to the extent possible. i might be able to do this, but to convince my family to do so would be another story entirely.
Every noon, stop work and pray the Angelus. stop work and pray the Angelus... sorry, guys - i can't help you at the register or bus tables, i am praying. be back in 15...
Pray at least five decades of the Rosary every day. i already do this. i am good on this one.
If you have a family, pray the Rosary every evening after dinner with your family, in lieu of watching television. okay, i like most of this and may even be able to employ some of it. quite honestly, though - spiritual direction is a very personal thing; i am certain if i asked my husband to pray the rosary with me after dinner in lieu of watching the simpsons...uh, i don't really know how well that'd go over.
Attend Mass every Sunday, if not more often, and on every holy day of obligation and on every Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. i am a daily mass attendee, so this i have covered. (thank you, Lord)
If you have a family, read the Scriptural texts for the next day’s Mass each evening as a family activity. Spend time reflecting on the meaning of the texts. If you need help interpreting the texts, then use the book A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture as described on the Reading the Bible page of this website. Use the Online Lectionary for Mass, for any day of the current month, on the NCCB website, to find the proper texts. my family says grace at restaurants before meals. that is as close the a daily scripture study as a family activity as we will get. in the course of doing my homework for my formal bible study, i will share interesting things i come across...again, however, this is my spiritual journey and as much as i enjoy sharing the Word, it isn't always received with the enthusiasm as i would desire it to be. no offense to my family. they are who they are. (okay, i'm done on this subject prior to going on the defensive...)
Pray always for all the poor souls in danger of hell who have no one to pray for them. did that at mass the entire month of november. will hopefully remember to do so still, today. pray for my dad *just in case* every day, without fail, for almost 3 years now...
i really don't want to come across as being sarcastic. i really wish to elevate to a higher level of spirituality, but i guess i can't get out of my own way. this is only the first paragraph of requirements...i've not even gotten to the "don't watch sports" section or "no more diet coke, penni" part yet. am i that far off of the mark?
how do you incorporate a higher level of spirituality in your every day life?