7 Ways to Improve Your Spiritual Life Right Now
Whether you feel like you are in a rut or filled with zeal, there are always new ways to strengthen your spiritual life. The rich and continuing history of Catholicism has centuries of wisdom and traditions to uncover. Take a look at these tips for ideas about how to improve your spiritual life and, as a result, your relationship with God.
1. Go to Daily Mass
Frequenting the Sacraments and the celebration of the Holy Mass is one of the surest ways to strengthen your faith and improve your relationship with God. Jesus gave us the great gift of the Mass, and that gift is not limited to just Sunday. Check your local parish for a Daily Mass schedule. Many churches offer early-morning Mass before the workday or lunchtime Mass. If you can’t make it in person, you can pray with CatholicTV’s Daily Mass on-demand. Even if you cannot commit to Daily Mass every day, try it once or over a liturgical season like Lent.
2. Read Scripture
Over the course of the day, we may wonder many times what God wants of us. A great place to begin figuring this out is the Bible. God’s Word is a timeless testament to what He wants from His children. Spend a little time each day with the Scriptures, and be sure to give yourself quiet time for meditation and contemplation. You can do this however works best for you, whether using a physical copy of the Bible or a Bible app on your mobile device. If you are not sure where to start, a great resource is the daily readings from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. They post the readings from the Daily Mass each day.
3. Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Strengthen your prayer life by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet. This prayer comes from the diary of Saint Faustina, Divine Mercy in My Soul, and is a wonderful way for all sinners to meditate on God’s mercy. If you are new to the Divine Mercy Chaplet or would like to pray with others, CatholicTV offers several settings of the Divine Mercy Chaplet prayed in different locations.
4. Do some spiritual reading
Some of the best inspiration and learning can come from what the saints or other devoted disciples of Christ have written. While Scripture takes priority, try to take a few minutes each day to read the spiritual writings of the great Catholic writers as well. For recommendations based on your level of experience with spiritual reading, check out this reading list by Father Tom Morrow.
5. Go to Mass at a new church
Do you ever find yourself stuck in a spiritual routine or going through the motions without fully experiencing your faith? Try breaking the cycle by visiting a different church for a week. The beauty of the Church is that the liturgy stays the same, so you will feel right at home, but you will be able to witness preaching from a new priest and the unique local devotion of the parish community. If you remind yourself to fully embrace the liturgy and meditate on each part of the Mass, you can return to your own parish refreshed and reenergized.
6. Go to Confession
Confession is a Sacrament that is all too easy to let slip through the cracks. However, it is essential for our spiritual health and relationship with God that we accept His mercy. Unburden yourself by going to Confession more frequently, even as often as once a week. If it has been a while since you have gone or you would like a refresher, check out CatholicTV’s Confession Guide.
7. Spend some time in Adoration
Adoration is an amazing way to spend one-on-one time with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Take a little time, each week if possible, to go to Adoration. Most parishes have Adoration at least once a week, so check with the parishes near you to find out their schedules. Some churches even have 24-hour Adoration. Check to see if there are any near you so that you can pray before the Blessed Sacrament at any time of day.