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A Simple Rule of Life

A Simple Rule of Life

The following is put together from some suggestions by Fr. Christopher La Rocca, OCD, Rector of the Carmelite House of Studies, Mt. Angel, OR.

Besides participating in the sacrifice of the Mass on Sundays and Holydays (and possibly daily Mass if you can make it) here is a suggestion on a simple way to order your day to include prayer:

1. Begin your day with a “Morning Offering” to offer the day to God (linked to

2. Live in the presence of God during the day by calling to mind that God is always with you. (For further information online read The Practice of the Presence of God, by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection.)

3. Meditate on the Word of God in the Bible. One idea is to choose a Scripture quote to meditate on during the day, for example, something that stands out to you from the Readings for Daily Mass listed on the US Catholic bishops website at

4. Pray before meals in your own words or use a traditional prayer such as at the website.

5. End the day with prayer and a General Examination of Consciencesuch as from the EWTN website by Fr. John Hardon, S.J..