The other day before confession I had time to reflect on my sins and failings. I took this opportunity to write down a list of goals in my spiritual journal. The only reason I am sharing this here on my blog is that perhaps it will encourage others to make similar Lenten goals.
1. Curbing the Tongue
- I will not give opinions especially when not asked.
- I will not complain about little aches and pains.
- I will not criticize anyone, and that includes politicians and celebrities.
- I will not make small talk just for the sake of speaking.
- I will listen to the person speaking to me and give them my undivided attention.
- I will try to curb leaving comments on social networks unless really necessary...(e.g. correcting erroneous Catholic teaching).
- I will limit my time on social networks, especially Twitter and Facebook.
- I will think (and pray) before speaking.
2. Reading books that will help me grow spiritually. The following are the books I have chosen from the bookshelf.
Blessed Mother - The True Story of Fatima by Father John de Marchi, I.M.C.
Spiritual Direction - The Dialogue of Saint Catherine of Siena
- In Silence with God by Benedict Baur, O.S.B.
- Consoling the Heart of Jesus: A Dopit-Yourself Retreat Inspired by the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by Father Michael E. Gaitley, MIC
- Spiritual Doctrine of St. Augustine by Ignatius M. Barrachina, O.C.D.
- Time Management: A Catholic Approach by Marshall J. Cook
Female Saint - Saint Philomena: Powerful with God by Sister Marie Helene Mohr. S.C. (I want to find out why both St. Jean Vianney, St. Damien of Molokai and my mom had a deep devotion to her)
Saint during the Liturgical Season of Lent - The Divine Favors Granted to St. Joseph by Pere Binet
Male Saint: The Life of Saint Claude de la Colombiere: Spiritual Director of St. Margaret Mary by Ruth H. Lavigne
The Holy Eucharist: - The Eucharist by Father Lawrence G. Lovasik
- 7 Secrets of the Eucharist by Vinny Flynn
Although the priest I asked to be my spiritual director accepted my request, we still have not been able to meet based on conflicts of time. There I will pause at least three times during the day to pray for the intercession of St. Padre Pio, Our Blessed Mother and the Holy Spirit to help guide me spiritually.
I will pay special attention to the suffering and death Jesus experienced for love of a sinner like me, especially during the Consecration. I will remember to pray for the grace to love God more.