This first element involved in establishing a plan of life is to realize one very important fact: Holiness is for you and everyone else. It is possible? Yes, sanctity is not just for the priest, nun or monk living in some cloister somewhere. It is for you as well, and you must take advantage of the means available to achieve this marvelous destiny.
The next element of a plan of life is to establish a spiritual routine. When practicing an instrument or learning a language, a pupil must establish healthy work habits which, once achieved, enables him or her to perform at the level of excellence. So, too, when gaining holiness. This spiritual routine will help us to cultivate a deeper interior and spiritual life. The rigors of establishing the discipline, which seems to be and is restrictive at first, later frees us to become the disciples we were created to be!
There are constitutive elements to this routine. Obviously, the most necessary and primary element is the grace of Christ offered through the sacraments. Spiritual growth is not possible without his grace. By baptism, we are first re-created and transformed into his image. Then, through other the sacraments, we are empowered to act like him. Thus, we first need to establish in our life a means of frequenting the sacraments. We need to make frequent Mass attendance outside of Sundays and regular use of the sacrament of reconciliation (as in “one a month,” bare minimum!).
Next issue — Establishing a plan – Part 2.