Simple Ways to Keep God First Throughout the Year
As we recently entered a new year, we also received an invitation to encounter God in a way that is stronger than before. And although the year has changed, one thing remains the same – we can invite our Lord into our lives each day through daily prayer, creating a gratitude list, and daily offerings.
Three Simple Practices
Daily prayer is the beginning for many of what builds a relationship with God. At Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School, we have the opportunity to share this practice with our students as they grow and learn about the Catholic faith in class.
Our lions can find encouragement to see the good in their day by making a gratitude list. Remembering that God is present within the good that happens each day, even in the small moments, is one way to practice faithfulness. This can be as simple as recognizing one good thing to be grateful for and remembering to thank God for His part in it.
Lastly, daily offerings are extremely important to growing closer with our Lord. We can all partake each day by offering up something we are struggling with to God and finding a way to see Jesus in the challenge. In other words, it is taking up our daily crosses with the grace He gives us, preparing us for when the crosses become heavier. For example, our students can offer up time spent doing homework by being thankful that they are gaining the knowledge that will help them in the future.
Advice from a Saint
St. Therese of Lisieux reminds us of how important offering up her suffering was on her path to sanctity in a letter to her sister Celine, saying:
“The good God does not need years to accomplish His work of love in a soul; one ray from His Heart can, in an instant, make His flower bloom for eternity…
In times of aridity when I am incapable of praying, of practicing virtue, I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance, a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness. If I find no opportunities, I at least tell Him again and again that I love Him; that is not difficult, and it keeps alive the fire in my heart. Even though this fire of love might seem extinct, I would still throw little straws upon the embers, and I am certain it would rekindle.”
Bring the Lord into Every Day!
God is here with us as we enter a new year filled with many opportunities to grow in our relationship with Him. As St. Therese also says, “Don’t wait until tomorrow to begin becoming a saint.”
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