[quote="Hopemercy, post:7, topic:255621"]
Thank you.. I "think"! There are undertones in your words, but then the intenet is a poor and fragile way of communication... Far from this being "helpful" for just "oneself..." We do not live for oursleves, but in Jesus for others.
The OP has all the motivation and inspiration; it seems to me that it is the practicality he seeks?
What we have done for decades is to simplify our way of life. To remove the clutter. And to set aside all we can spare financially so that others can eat. I am very old now and seek to face my Jesus openly and not feel that any child that could have lived and thrived has been lost through my carelessness. And in that caring for others comes a deep spiritual fulfilment. Some speak of "sacrifice", but it is not that in any way. Simply a choosing to give.
To put Jesus and His teachings first. In daily practical ways that fulfil our spirituality and faith. To ensure that He is the centre and focus of all that we do are are.
Lest our faith becomes divorced from real life and thus sterile.
This at some stage will set us apart from many around us and that is fine.
Easier in the wilds of rural Ireland than in the modern US! Much easier.
No undertones, Hopemercy, I assure you. Some find it helpful to read articles and books, some dont. I find it helpful to read the concepts of others (books and articles) or spiritual reading. Scripture reading and reflection prayerfully is Lectio Divina for me on Sundays. I do meditate on the daily Mass readings each day however. Whenever posting at any time at all, it may be helpful to others, or it may not. It may simply be helpful for oneself. One cannot know really at the time of posting. I rarely read certainly books or other long texts in one sitting - usually over perhaps quite a few. Portion of my income is at this point being given to the African famine crisis but then I only have to feed and clothe myslef and pay my own bills. No other responsibilities and vastly different from the married with families. I have been invited to align myself with a religious order as a lay person under private vows and this will mean a formal rule of life encompassing the lifestyle I am already living - but at this point I am still very much in the discernment journey.
Personally I have lived a specific radical Gospel lifestyle under private vows to the evangelical counsels and with spiritual direction and have done so for over 30 years now even while in the workforce. I am now 65 years old. This, of course means, that the duties involved in my own way of life would be largely different from those who are married with families. Since I am not in the workforce, I probably have also far more free time although evening arrives and I am always amazed at how quickly the day has passed. Since I live alone, I have no obligations or concerns with others - under my roof anyway.0 Yesterday for example I made lunch and spent some time with a woman who has lost her voice through a laryngectomy. It was her birthday. She lives alone, is elderly, and finds it very difficult and experiences depression. Each day for me can have very different calls. And I am able to structure my day at times, depends on the day and what is happening. Although we are all laity and this means that especially the documents out of Rome on the laity I also find helpful, others may not. I was talking to a contemplative nun a few weeks ago who said she rarely will read documents out of Rome. I do try to stay in touch with the Pontifical Council for the Laity (see below).
I do realize that I may be in a different situation than perhaps many in lay life, but no way of knowing really when posting and into a public forum. Some may be interested, others not - or even none at all interested. No obligation to read posts or links.
We all travel as we are called by God hopefully and this can be vastly different from one person to another. And viva la difference! Very often I personally might read posts and even links, but dont post into the thread myself. Perhaps others do the same, and no way of knowing.
Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity - Pope Paul VI vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_19651118_apostolicam-actuositatem_en.html
Pontifical Council for the Liaty