by Fr Richard Heilman | May 23, 2019 4:17 PM
Yesterday, I posted on social media that “It’s Time!”…
“It was an amazing and intense Lent and Holy Week. Now I am coming off a restorative vacation. I’m picking Monday, May 13 – Our Lady of Fatima– to go all in with spiritual and physical goals … 90 days of Basic Training Camp to prepare for our great mission – Novena for Our Nation on August 15. Who’s in?”
This is meant to be 90 days in which “you take care of business.” In other words, what has God been nudging you to do for some time, and you have been putting off? Maybe it is taking off that extra weight, and so maybe it’s time to work up toward those 10,000 steps a day, or even get ready for a marathon. Maybe it’s time to get that junk food you’re craving out of your diet. How has God been nudging you to get going on physical goals?
Spiritually speaking, how much time am I taking for prayer? Am I finding every excuse in the world? Mental prayer? Spiritual reading? Adoration? Rosary? What do I need to become a natural part of my daily prayers.
And so, these 90 days are a time for you to give your “Fiat” to God in the areas you know He has been nudging you to finally get around to doing.
So, take time this weekend praying and listening and making a plan for yourself. God is calling each of us to something unique to each of us. What is that? Write it down this weekend. Make a plan.
But, no matter what you discern to do, please pray, daily, for all all of us joining together to “get strong” for these 90 days.
We move out on Monday. I’m Going In!
This is not meant to be a command that all do what I am doing for these 90 days. I am just sharing what I feel God is “nudging” me to do as an example and possible suggestions. God may have been after you to get after other things for spiritual and physical health and well-being. You should discern for yourself, and customize your own plan.
Fasting & Mortification
I am connecting physical health and well-being to “Fasting & Mortification.” In other words, I am “spiritualizing” this area. I will loosen these habits a bit on Sundays and Solemnities, but not to reach a level of gluttony. I do not want these “loosenings” to derail me.
Prayer & Spiritual Life
Some of these I am already doing, some I have been lax about, and some I am adding. I feel this is a great foundational spiritual life for anybody. Realize, I have a private chapel, so getting before the Blessed Sacrament is easy. For many, it may mean coming to Mass early and/or staying later. Or, it may not be possible. Do what you feel God is calling you to do.
May God be with you!
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