Sanctify Our Day

Sanctify your day

How to Santify Your Soul (Part 01)

There are many ways of sanctifying our day so that we come closer to God each moment of our lives.

A very important way that we shall consider at the outset is the Morning Offering. This is the first prayer every christain ought to say upon rising. It helps us formulate our intention to sanctify the day and offer it to the Good God. It can be short, yet profound, and it can be recited thus;
Sacred Heart of Jesus, out of love of you and through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,  I offer you all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day, for the conversion of sinners, the holy souls in Purgatory, and in reparation for the sins of the world.

As we shall see, this prayer is crucial for a  healthy and robust spiritual life;
It links each moment of our lives to our future eternity, since we consciously offer everything we experience to God, and so gain merits all through the day. These merits accumulate each day of our lives and help us to be really close to God in Heaven.

The more merits we gain on earth, the closer we will be to God in Heaven. If we are ever unfortunate enough to lose the merits we have gained in our lives through mortal sin, we can rest assured that we regain them all once again through a sincere Confession.

It is wise to often renew this offering during the day itself so that we often rekindle our love of God and grow in grace. We can use a much shorter formula for this purpose. For example when working on or suffering something let us remember to say; Jesus, this is for love of you

. The Church has always held the Morning Offering in great esteem and has declared that even the simple Sign of the Cross made with the right intention, serves as a type of Morning Offering. The Catechism of the Catholic Church 2157 states:  The Christian begins his day, his prayers, and his activities with the Sign of the Cross: "in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen." The baptized person dedicates the day to the glory of God and calls on the Savior's grace which lets him act in the Spirit as a child of the Father.

St John Vianney believed that anything not offered to God is wasted.

Sr Josefa Menendez, who died at the age of 33 in 1923, was often favoured with visions of the Lord Jesus and the after-life, one day received the folowing message;"When you awake, enter at once into My Heart, and when you are in it, offer My Father all your actions united to the pulsations of My Heart . . . If [a person is] engaged in work of no value in itself, if she bathes it in My Blood or unites it to the work I Myself did during My mortal life, it will greatly profit souls . . . more, perhaps, than if she had preached to the whole world.

You will be able to save many souls that way."A beautiful summary of the theme of Offering our lives to God, is presented in the Second Vatican Council's document  Lumen Gentium #34; "To those whom He intimately joins to His life and mission, He also gives a share in His priestly office, to offer spiritual worship for the glory of the Father and the salvation of man. Hence the laity, dedicated as they are to Christ and anointed by the Holy Spirit, are marvelously called and prepared so that even richer fruits of the Spirit may be produced in them.

For all their work, prayers and apostolic undertakings, family and married life, daily work, relaxation of mind and body, if they are accomplished in the Spirit-indeed even the hardships of life if patiently borne-all these become spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Peter 2: 5). In the celebration of the Eucharist these may most fittingly be offered to the Father along with the Body of the Lord. And so, worshiping everywhere by their holy actions, the laity consecrate the world itself to God."

So let us always remember to offer our day to God as soon as we wake up, and so grow in great love of Him constantly, and eventually be very close to Him in Heaven!


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