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Keeping Our Spirits Fit

We just celebrated Easter Sunday and we have been blessed with a fresh start. It may seem like a tall order to keep squeaky clean but here are a few tips to keep our spirits fit.

1. Start the day acknowledging God’s presence.

When we begin our day with a prayer, we acknowledge the presence of God in our lives. We realize that He is with us in every moment of the day therefore, we become aware that we are called to represent Him in all that we do and to all that we meet. Offer the day, your actions, your thoughts to God and allow him to work through you.

Saying morning prayers with our children is an excellent way to emphasize His important role in our families and in their lives. A short prayer before breakfast or during the drive to school makes a huge difference.

2. Get inspiration from the Blessed Mother.

The Blessed Mary is a model of obedience, humilty, and service. Follow Our Blessed Mother’s virtues. Ask for her intercession and she will embolden you to hear the voice of God and to have the courage to act in accordance to His will.

Our children watch everything we do. Modeling positive behavior is an effective way to demonstrate values that would be otherwise difficult to explain. We can also use picture books. Find stories that teach good values and behavior.  Share the Blessed Mother’s story with them and how her “Yes” to God’s call brought the most precious gift to man, Jesus Christ.

3. Make healthy and happy choices during the day.

A healthy body and mind is important.

Get yourself something nutritious for lunch, have a nice laugh with coworkers, take a deep breath when stressful situations arise, listen to calming music on your commute home, go for a nice walk/run in the park, attend a yoga class, or visit the Blessed Sacrament.

Let’s get our children involved in the decision making process and model how we arrive at the best option. Living healthy and happy is a conscious effort and doing it as a family is fun.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17

16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

Don’t worry, Be happy, and Glorify God.

4. Reflect on your day and end it with a prayer.

Think about your day, walk through some events that made you smile and made you frown. Whether it be work or your interactions with people around you, was there anything that you would’ve done better?  Was there anything you did that displeased God?

Having conversations about our day encourages reflection in our children. When they share about their day, we learn about things that matter to them and see how they understand and view experiences. This allows us to help process these events with them and give guidance.

Before you rest and dream sweet dreams, thank God for the beautiful day He had given you and all the up and downs that came with it. Thank God for all that you learned about yourself and others that day. A new day awaits us and we can face it with a better perspective and understanding of situations and others.

5. Seek the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

Reflecting on our day helps us monitor our actions, quite similar to an examination of conscience. If we feel that we have  done something wrong and failed to do good, we must find opportunities to ask God’s forgiveness in the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation so that we can continue walking everyday by His side.

Check your local church’s or parish’s confession schedule and make it a point to go. Often times, we put it off and without us realizing it, weeks and months have gone by.  Let’s not wait for the next Lenten Season to approach the confessional.

The path to God’s Heavenly Kingdom is one that we trek everyday.  Hopefully with these simple tips, we can hike the path and reach the summit together. We are all especially invited and we should gladly accept.