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The Complete Catholic Handbook

Chapter IX - The Christian's Daily Exercise

  1. How should you begin the day?
  2. How should you rise in the morning?
  3. Should you also hear Mass if you have time and opportunity?
  4. Is it useful to make daily meditation?
  5. On what ought we to meditate?
  6. Ought we frequently to read good books?
  7. And what should you do as to your eating, drinking, sleeping and amusements?
  8. Say the grace before meals.
  9. Say the grace after meals.
  10. How should you sanctify your ordinary actions and employments of the day?
  11. What should you do when you find yourself tempted to sin?
  12. If you have fallen into sin, what should you do?
  13. When God sends you any cross, or sickness, or pain, what should you say?
  14. What little indulgenced prayers would you do well to say often to yourself during the day?
  15. How should you finish the day?
  16. After your night prayers what should you do?

  1. How should you begin the day?
    I should begin the day by making the sign of the cross as soon as I awake in the morning, and by saying some short prayer, such as ‘O my God, I offer my heart and soul to Thee’.

  2. How should you rise in the morning?
    I should rise in the morning diligently, dress myself modestly, and then kneel down and say my morning prayers.

    Diligently.
    Attentively, industriously.

    Modestly.
    With decency.

  3. Should you also hear Mass if you have time and opportunity?
    I should also hear Mass if I have time and opportunity, for to hear Mass is by far the best and most profitable of all devotions.

  4. Is it useful to make daily meditation?
    It is useful to make daily meditation, for such was the practice of all the Saints.

    Meditation.
    To consider thoughtfully.

  5. On what ought we to meditate?
    We ought to meditate especially on the four last things, and the Life and Passion of our Blessed Lord.

  6. Ought we frequently to read good books?
    We ought frequently to read good books, such as the Holy Gospels, the Lives of the Saints, and other spiritual works, which nourish our faith and piety, and arm us against false maxims of the world.

  7. And what should you do as to your eating, drinking, sleeping and amusements?
    As to my eating, drinking, sleeping, and amusements, I should use all these things with moderation, and with a desire to please God.

  8. Say the grace before meals.
    ‘Bless us, O Lord, and these Thy gifts, which we are going to receive from Thy bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.’

  9. Say the grace after meals.
    ‘We give Thee thanks, Almighty God, for all Thy benefits, who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen’.

  10. How should you sanctify your ordinary actions and employments of the day?
    I should sanctify my ordinary actions and employments of the day by often raising my heart to God whilst I am about them, and saying some short prayer to Him.

  11. What should you do when you find yourself tempted to sin?
    When I find myself tempted to sin I should make the sign of the cross on my heart, and call on God as earnestly as I can, saying ‘Lord, save me, or I perish’.

  12. If you have fallen into sin, what should you do?
    If I have fallen into sin I should cast myself in spirit at the feet of Christ, and humbly beg His pardon by a sincere act of contrition.

  13. When God sends you any cross, or sickness, or pain, what should you say?
    When God sends me any cross, or sickness, or pain I should say, ‘Lord, Thy will be done; I take this for my sins’.

  14. What little indulgenced prayers would you do well to say often to yourself during the day?
    I should do well to say often to myself during the day such little indulgenced prayers as:

    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

    In all things may the most holy, the most just, and the most lovable Will of God be done, praised, and exalted above all for ever.

    O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine, all praise and all thanksgiving by every moment Thine.

    Praised be Jesus Christ, praised for evermore. My Jesus, mercy; Mary, help.

  15. How should you finish the day?
    I should finish the day by kneeling down and saying my night prayers.

  16. After your night prayers what should you do?
    After my night prayers I should observe due modesty in going to bed; occupy myself with the thoughts of death; and endeavour to compose myself to rest at the foot of the cross, and give my last thoughts to my crucified Saviour.

    Next: Appendix I - Most Necessary Prayers