We should be careful of reducing the practice of our faith to a checklist, or a list of things to do. 

Did I go to Mass? Check.
Did I give money to the Church? Check.
Did I say grace before meals? Check. 

What we ‘do’ is obviously important, but the danger is that we treat the Mass as a task to be completed instead of a sacrifice to be offered. Prayers become empty words. Almsgiving is like paying taxes. Etc. The result can be we go through the motions, we lose the real significance of what we do, and ultimately, we can go years without any sort of spiritual growth. 

Now, that being said, IF there were a checklist that we could use everyday on our path to sanctity, this is it:

“Remember, Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life:

God to glorify,
Jesus to imitate,
The Angels and Saints to invoke,
A soul to save,
A body to mortify,
Sins to expiate,
Virtues to acquire,
Hell to avoid,
Heaven to gain,
Eternity to prepare for,
Time to profit by,
Neighbors to edify,
The world to despise,
Devils to combat,
Passions to subdue,
Death perhaps to suffer,
And Judgment to undergo.”

There it is. Today, tomorrow, the rest of our lives – that’s what we must do. 

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