by Fr Richard Heilman | November 6, 2020 8:45 AM
After the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto was quoted as saying:
“I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and filled him with a terrible resolve.”
If you are like me, I’m long past tired of the abuse of 2020. I’m not letting 2020 kick my behind ANY LONGER!
I’m Fighting Back! Yes, that’s right, 2020, you have awakened this sleeping giant and filled me with terrible resolve!
I am NOT accepting defeat! I am going ALL IN! I am going to GET STRONG! Both spiritually and physically.
Will you join me?
If you choose to enter this 54-Day “GET STRONG BOOT CAMP,” we will begin on Monday, November 9, and conclude on January 1, 2021, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. I will email the daily prayers and reflections for the 54-Day Rosary Novena. If you have not enlisted yet, sign-up below.
I want my GRACE STRONG so that my PRAYERS ARE POWERFUL, and I want my BODY STRONG, so that MY RESOLVE AND ENERGY ONLY INCREASES!!
This is meant to be 54 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 are you taking for prayer? Are you finding every excuse in the world? Mental prayer? Spiritual reading? Adoration? Rosary?
And so, these 54 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 of us joining together to “GET STRONG” for these 54 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 54 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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