The Seven Daily Habits of Holy People

There are various ways to come to know Jesus. We are going to speak briefly about some of them in this article. You want to come to know, love and serve Jesus the same way you learn to love and stay in love with anybody: your spouse, family members, and close friends, i.e. by spending a considerable amount of time with him on a regular and, in this case, daily basis. The payoff, if you will, is the only true happiness in this life and the vision of God in the next. There are no easy substitutes. Sanctification is a work of a lifetime and it requires our determined effort to cooperate with God’s sanctifying grace coming through the sacraments.

The seven daily habits that I propose to you are the morning offering, spiritual reading (New Testament and a spiritual book suggested to you by your spiritual advisor), the Holy Rosary, Holy Mass and Communion, at least fifteen minutes of mental prayer, the recitation of the Angelus at noon, and a brief examination of conscience at night.

These are the principal means to achieve holiness. If you are a person who wants to bring Christ to others through your friendship, these are the instruments by which you store up the spiritual energy that will enable you to so. Apostolic action without the sacraments and a deep solid interior life will in the long run be ineffective. You can be sure that all the saints incorporated in one way or another all of these habits into their daily routine. Your goal is to be like them, contemplatives in the middle of the world.

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What is grace and how does it work?

Q: What is grace and how does it work?

A: Grace is indeed a free gift from God, since God is sovereign and all powerful, and nobody can force God to give it to them, by any means.

Grace comes in two “flavors”:

“Actual grace” empowers. David slew Goliath by the grace of God, yet the grace David received was not capable of getting David (or anyone else) into Heaven.

“Sanctifying grace” is a share in God’s own divine life. As such, sanctifying grace is capable of transforming sinners into saints and making them adopted children of God, but only if the sinner chooses to “cooperate” with it.

Sanctifying grace is necessary for salvation, and without it, no one can enter Heaven.

Sanctifying grace was obtained by the work Jesus Christ did for us during his time here on earth, work which came to its’ fruition on the cross, at Calvary.

Since Jesus is man, the grace he obtained for us accrues to the benefit of all mankind.

Since Jesus is God, the power and the effectiveness of the grace he obtained for us is both infinite and eternal.

The Church that Jesus personally founded, authorized, constituted, and empowered, while he still walked the earth, is the primary distributor of all God’s grace.

Grace is proof that God desires all to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of his truth.