I AM almost a monk. If I had a Monastery near me, I’d become a member of their Third Order. As it is, The Confraternity of Penitents will do just as well:D
Shutting out the media may be hard at first. But after awhile, you will find yourself with plenty of other things to do. Reading books. Hobbies. Remember when people used to have hobbies?Doing Volunteer work. ((AA in my case).:o
And what are you missing? Hours of inane commercials? Mindless sex and violence?:mad: Lack of physical exercise?
OK, this is not a life-style for most people. I think you have to be given the grace to live it in our modern society. But I am quite content with a life that looks dull to onlookers, but conceals a quite JOY.
Not to mention being a guardian to three cats.:rolleyes:
I pray several times a day, including the Rosary. I think that asking the Blessed Mother to pray for us is so powerful–it’s hard to put into words. It has changed my life for the better. I no longer worry like I used to, and each day I pray for others to see Jesus shining through me. I also feel like I work smarter and better, because I consecrate each day to Christ, to strengthen me for the day…and I look at work, either at home as a wife and mother, or outside as an employee in my company–as an honor, and where God has called me to be. As a Christian, I can’t say enough on how Christ has changed my life, and shaped my daily thinking. It’s not always easy, but even when I fall, knowing that as Catholics we have the beautiful Sacrament of Penance, I can get back up and begin anew.
I can’t imagine not clinging to the Lord daily…really, I can’t imagine it. I don’t want to imagine it.:o
I pray Prime, Lauds and Compline daily, try to get to daily rosary and mass (it’s great living a 2 min walk from a really active church!) help out weekly at a Legion of Mary soup kitchen (though I’m not a legionary myself), go to confession at least once a week, have monthly spiritual direction, and help out once a month at the mass at my local prison.
It really sounds like I’m boasting though. These are an ideal, rather than necessarily something I manage every day.