At the celebration of our First Communion two weeks ago, I suggested that the children begin to practice a simple spiritual exercise every day. It seems that the adults who were at the Mass immediately warmed up to the idea. So I thought I’d share it with the entire parish.
This is the two-part exercise:
- Before going to bed take a moment to review your day. Ask yourself, “How could I have loved better today?” Go over the situations that challenged your love, and note your responses. What could you have done differently?
- When you wake up the next morning, say a simple prayer: “Dear God, I’m going to try to do my best to love today. Please support me with your love.” That’s it – a review of my day before I go to bed, and a commitment to love as I begin my day. This daily exercise helps to keep Christ’s love moving in and through my life. It also permits Christ’s love to touch the lives of others. It’s a simple way of taking Jesus’ command to heart. “Love one another as I have loved you.”