The next element to establish a “plan of life” is to practice daily meditation and spiritual reading. As mentioned in earlier issues, it is in our daily meditation that our hearts and minds become like Christ’s because we spend time with him. (cf. Mt 6:6) In fact, meditation is nothing other than a discovery of God’s indwelling in our souls. He is already in us, we need only remove the obstacles in our wills and intellects to let him flood us with his sanctity. (cf Jn 14:12)
After our meditation is completed, we need to thank God and then ask him to show us something that we need to change in our life if this has not already been revealed during the meditation. This is what is known as the resolution. We should also follow up at the end of the day with a particular examination of conscience in order to determine how well we kept our resolution. Vague and very general aspirations or even grandiose resolutions make determining results and gaining virtue all but impossible. Our resolutions must thus be very specific and concrete so that we can more easily examine our efforts.
Devotion to our Blessed Mother is so central to our spiritual growth that it deserves its own place in our “plan of life.” The eternal son himself chose no other means by which to become Christ, the divine redeemer, then by the Virgin Mary. She formed him not only in her womb, but also in his youth. (Lk 2:51-52) If our goal is to become “no longer I but Christ who lives in me,” (Gal 2:20) then there is no better way to achieve this end than through her. She is the mother of all the living, (Rev 12:17); we must give ourselves to her motherly care. This is why Jesus entrusts John, his beloved Disciple, into Mary’s care. If we are to become his beloved disciples, we must also entrust ourselves into Mary’s care. (Jn 19:27)
Next Issue — Establishing a plan — Part 3.