“Practice makes perfect,” my mother said. Recently, Homemade Disciples has explored a family friendly approach to spiritual growth. Here are some more modern twists on ancient practices that draw us closer to God and toward deeper, more life-giving relationships. Let’s consider how busy parents and those caring for others can practice Prayer, Reconciliation, and Journaling in real life.
Can you think of other practical applications?
PRAYER & GRATITUDE - Often we are overwhelmed by the kindness of others, including God, and those times are some of the best to offer up a prayer of gratitude to God.
· Create and pray a special grace before meals.
· Share one prayer intention for your partner to pray before he sleeps.
· Say the rosary together at the start of a car trip.
· Make a running list of what you are thankful for.
· Sign up for email prompts for daily prayer.
· Learn about each other’s religion; visit each other’s churches.
· Create decorations for the current holiday season and display them.
· Engaged and dating couples, hold hands and pray evening prayer before going home.
· Meet friends for a walk at dawn; greet the new day with gratitude.
RECONCILITION - Reconciliation is the end of the estrangement, caused by original sin, between God and humanity.
o Practice active listening. Make sure you are hearing what the other is saying and that he is hearing you.
o Identify one strength of your family of origin; forgive one weakness.
o When you are wrong, say, “I’m sorry; please forgive me.”
o When you are right, don’t gloat.
o Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
JOURNALING – A journal is a helpful way of keeping up with our spiritual journey. A spiritual journal is different from a regular journal. It is a written record of personal reactions on spiritual matters.
o Write letters and email thoughts.
o Start a photo album for a visual journal or make video. Why use only words?
o Learn more about Spiritual Journaling from Michael A. Haywood’s excellent article at http://home.earthlink.net/~haywoodm/SpiritualJournal.html