Rising

"Get up at a fixed time, as early as possible. Eight hours of sleep should be enough. More than this or less than six hours of sleep is usually not healthy."

Rising at a consistent time goes a long way in keeping order in our life, and the more ordered our life is, the more we are able to experience God's peace. Early rising helps get a start on our day and allows us to be less pressed for time.

Waking up at a regular time also allows us to conquer ourself in a little way at the beginning of everyday. Rather that calling that shot ourselves, we submit to the time that our spiritual game plan calls us to

"Conquer yourslf each day from the very first moment, getting up on the dot, at a fixed time, without yielding a single minute to laziness.

If, with God's help, you conquer yourself, you will be well ahead for the rest of the day.

It's so discouraging to find oneself beaten at the first skirmish!" - St. Josemaria, The Way, 191.

You may not hear the rooster...

You may not hear the rooster...

Even from a secular perspective, rising at a fixed time is recognized as a helpful piece of managing time and being able to wake up refreshed. This practice will not only help to become spiritual healthy, but even just healthy!

The Angelus

The Angelus

"Pray the Angelus. Traditionally, the Angelus is prayed at sunrise (6:00am), noon, and sunset (6:00pm). (During Easter Time, say the Regina Caeli instead.)"

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The Angelus is a short practice of devotion in honor of the Incarnation repeated three times each day, morning, noon, and evening, at the sound of a bell. (From Catholic Encyclopedia).

Prayer

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to your word.
Hail Mary.
V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy 
of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray.

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, your Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by his passion and cross be brought to the glory of his resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord.

R. Amen.

(Excerpt From Handbook of Prayers.)

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Examination of conscience

"Make a short examination of conscience at the end of the day before going to bed. Two or three minutes is enough."

The essence of the examination is a review of our day, either by starting at the beginning and recalling our actions throughout the day, or by asking ourselves a series of questions in order to measure our actions against them. After we develop this habit, it will easy for us to complete in a few minutes.

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From St. Francis de Sales:

As to the examination of conscience, which we all should make before going to bed, you know the rules:

1. Thank God for having preserved you through the day past.

2. Examine how you have conducted yourself through the day, in order to which recall where and with whom you have been, and what you have done.

3. If you have done anything good, offer thanks to God; if you have done amiss in thought, word, or deed, ask forgiveness of His Divine Majesty, resolving to confess the fault when opportunity offers, and to be diligent in doing better.

4. Then commend your body and soul, the Church, your relations and friends, to God. Ask that the Saints and Angels may keep watch over you, and with God’s Blessing go to the rest He has appointed for you.