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Monday, December 30, 2013

Spiritual contracts

By Rebecca Duncan

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The more we trust God and the more we expect from him, the more He is pleased with us.  I think the Little Flower said something along these lines.  St. Louis de Montford said about the rosary, that if we go into a prayer of quiet during our rosary, then leave off and it will be finished for us.  I think we've all heard about Padre Pio's saying, to pray, trust and don't worry.  I'm going to give a short explanation of a great practice that helps us do just that. 

I have learned about a really nice practice: spiritual contracts.  Here's how it works.  First, we make a spiritual communion, either informally or formally.  Then, we ask for something from Jesus.  This could be anything.  The example given that I heard is for healing from our hurts of the past and from patterns of sin in our lives.  It could also be a positive thing like asking for the virtue of humility or greater charity.  After we do this, we tell the Lord we would like to renew this spiritual communion every time we perform a certain action or when we are really stressed out, every breath we take or every beat of our heart.  This action could be crossing ourselves, crossing our finger or toes, or saying a very short prayer in our mind, like 'Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner'.  Amidst the business of the days we can do one little thing and expect great things from Our Lord.  Ask Our Lady, your guardian angel, St. Joseph and your patron saints to offer up this prayer for us when we perform our little action too.

Continue reading at Rebecca's blog Otaku Catholic.

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