Morning Offering Part II

Last week I wrote about the morning offering and the heroic minute. Here are some more considerations about the morning offering:

The morning offering is a really great opportunity to do a little spiritual preparation before the battle of the day. Our first and last thoughts should be of God:

“If you are a good son of God, your first and last thought each day will be for him, just as a little child needs to be assured of the presence of his parents when he gets up in the morning or goes to bed at night” (St. Josemaria Escriva: The Forge, n. 80).

 Content of the morning offering. We want:

-to give ourselves completely to God, knowing that we will be enriched by doing so.

-to embrace his will: “Father… not my will but yours be done.”(Lk 22:44)

-to avoid all that is displeasing to God: selfishness, pride, greed, anger, envy, impurity, wasting time, offending others…

-to give thanks to God for all the blessings we are sure will come today.

-to accept the problems, difficulties, disappointments, sufferings and failures that come today.

-to be convinced that “for those who love God, all things work together unto good.”(Rom 8:28).

Other considerations as we begin our day:

-thanksgiving for the blessings of the past day, weeks, years of our life.

-gratitude for the chance to live one more day for God, with God, in God.

-foster a great and noble ambition to accomplish a lot today: tasks well done, out of love.

-be prepared to meet the Cross as we encounter delays, obstacles, problems, difficulties.

-abandon all our concerns in the loving hands of our Father God.

-invoke our Guardian Angel, asking for light and strength to say no to evil and to do good.

-ask our Blessed Mother Mary to keep us focused on our true purpose in life: to be holy as God wants.

Briefly reflect back on the examination of conscience of the previous night.

Consider the resolution you made then for today and renew it at the start of this new day.

Resolve to avoid the pitfalls of yesterday. Foster the desire to make this the best day of your life.

Live the “heroic minute”: “It’s time to get up, on the dot! Without hesitation, a supernatural thought and… up! The heroic minute; here you have a mortification that strengthens your will and does not weaken your body.” (St. Josemaria: The Way, n. 206)

To get up is not easy but don’t let yourself be defeated in the first battle of the day (cf. The Way, n. 191). Don’t touch the snooze button.

Make the Morning Offering on your knees, if possible. Then get going! Let’s roll!

As you get ready: repeat your Offering and focus your thoughts on worthwhile considerations  (Cfr. nn. 3 and 4)

Show with your works that you really do want to do all things for the love of God.

Remember: God is counting on you. God is waiting for you. God is with you.

At times during the day, renew your Morning Offering, if not with the same words, at least with the same sentiments, the same desire to do what you ought to give glory to God.

 

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