Below are some materials recommended by the Chaplaincy to help Christians in their practices of piety:
The Sacrament of Confession of Reconciliation is a sacrament of joy. It is a sacrament of healing, returning us to the Father after we sin.
Jesus Christ gave his disciples – and by extension, priests – not only to “loose” (that is, forgive in God’s name) but also to “bind” (that is, impose penances). The priest serves as the representative of God and his mercy. Confession gives new courage, confidence and a fresh start. One learns humility by this practice, receives additional grace to avoid sin, and attains a certainty of forgiveness superior to a mere feeling of being forgiven.
The Holy Mass (Missa) is the liturgy in which the mystery of salvation is accomplished concluding with the sending forth (missio) of the faithful, so that they may fulfill God’s will in their daily lives. The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord’s own sacrifice by means of the Eucharist. See chapter ”The Sacrament of the Eucharist” in the Catechism of the Catholic Church >
“The theme of my prayer is the theme of my life. That is the way I speak to God. As I consider my situation, there comes to mind a specific and firm resolution to change, to improve, to be more docile to the love of God.” — from “Listening to God in Prayer” by Fr. Julio Peñacoba
What is the Recollection?
A Recollection is a periodic (monthly or quarterly) activity where we spend a few hours in silence and prayer, examining how we are directing our life towards God. Here are some activities during a recollection that might help a person spend his time of prayer more fruitfully:
How can I profit spiritually from doing a Recollection?
An important step to doing a good recollection is to prepare for it ahead of time. The following are other suggestions that a can help you improve in attending the recollection:
Novena for Work – Pray with St. Josemaria for a new job or for help at work.
Day 1, to find a job: “May our Lord grant me the grace to get a job quickly, which will provide security for my family. At the same time, may he help me to understand that what gives value to any honest work is the love with which I do it: love for God, in the first place, to whom I can offer up my work, and love for my neighbor, whom I wish to serve and be useful to.”
Novena for the Sick – Ask St. Josemaria’s intercession for restored health in mind and body.
Day 7, Intention A: “While I am ill, may God our Lord make my heart capable of overlooking my sufferings and turning my attention affectionately to the needs and concerns of others. May he grant me good humor and pleasantness, and make me attentive to others, spreading optimism to all those who accompany me and help me: relatives, friends, carers, priests who visit, etc …”
Way of the Cross – “A devotion that consists of considering fourteen moments on the journey Jesus made to Calvary on the first Good Friday, to meditate on the sufferings of Jesus Christ and unite ourselves to him. Saint Josemaría loved this devotion very much …” – From Memoria del Beato Josemaría Escrivá, and Salvador Bernal, Madrid, 2000.
Opening Prayer: My Lord and my God, under the loving eyes of our Mother, we are making ready to accompany you along this path of sorrow, which was the price for our redemption. We wish to suffer all that You suffered, to offer you our poor, contrite hearts, because you are innocent, and yet you are going to die for us, who are the only really guilty ones.
“… Every Catholic should have a spiritual director. As St. Josemaría Escrivá put it, “You wouldn’t think of building a good house to live in here on earth without an architect. How can you ever hope without a director, to build the castle of your sanctification in order to live forever in heaven?” This is true for everybody, not just for the poor, simple, or uneducated but even more for the complacently successful.” – from “What is Spiritual Direction?” by Fr. C. J. McCloskey, III.
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