Monday through Saturday faith?

Monday through Saturday faith? April 22, 2015
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Question from a friend:
I’m putting together the Newman Center program for next academic year, and it’s going to focus on ways to live out your faith on the six days in between Sundays. I’m trying to come up with as exhaustive a list as possible of ways that the Church has equipped us to do this (different kinds of prayer, spiritual disciplines, etc.) and I was wondering if you might be willing to post something asking your readers about their favorite way is to keep their faith fresh on the daily, when they’re away from Sunday Mass.
Whatcha got? Keep in mind, this is for college students, not adults with families.
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  • Kathryn King

    Hands down the Hours. We’ve been praying the Hours for centuries, and it’s a powerful way to tap into the life of the Church–to join in with everyone around the world.

  • Meg at “Held by His Pierced Hands” has some amazing, amazing lists–50 ways to talk to God, 100 things to do for Lent (many of which could be used outside of Lent, too!), 100 ways to serve the Church, 100 ways to be a missionary in your hometown… they are fantastic.

  • lizadowney

    We pray the chaplet of divine mercy each weekday at 3 PM. It’s quick and meaningful and really something to look forward to throughout the day.

  • Susan

    Make one “sacrifice” at breakfast and lunch, even it’s very small–water instead of tea, etc.

  • Rachel LaPointe

    Adoration. It was a habit I developed as a child, continued in college, and through to this day. Daily, once a week, twice a week. However often you can sneak away to sit with Jesus is going to help you. Even just visiting a church in general… if you could manage that for five minutes a day, you’d see so many fruits.

    For a college that has a chapel on campus, that would be ideal. I don’t know how many have the Eucharist present though, it probably depends on if it’s a catholic school or not.

  • Caitlin Marchand

    A morning offering and the Angelus at noon are really easy quick prayers that help turn your mind back to God to start the day and in the middle of the day.

  • BE

    I like having the Magnificat on hand as an alternative to the hours

  • echarles1

    If you take your faith seriously, not joylessly but seriously, you will begin to develop the habit of seeing everyday situations in light of it. From this habit your daily decisions will change until they reflect more of your faith.

  • The Tomato

    My college had rosary walks in the evenings, it would gather at a known spot at the same time everyday and it was led by a priest. It was a great experience in my opinion.

  • KL

    The Ignatian examen! Great way to take just a few minutes to see God working in your life. Simple, easy to remember, can be done anywhere, and doesn’t have to take more than five minutes (though more would of course be beneficial!). has some good discussion and links to related resources.

    I am a huge, huge advocate for teaching young adults about Ignatian spirituality. It provides some fabulous tools for realizing how God speaks to us in and through the world, as well as discernment — and if there’s anything young people are consistently expressing, it’s that making decisions and commitments is terrifying. Ignatian discernment can be incredibly helpful in learning how to read the movements of the Spirit in one’s life and becoming more confident in deciding upon the path ahead.

  • Fr. Denis Lemieux

    Just a wee bit of Scripture every day, the Gospels especially.

  • Fr. Denis Lemieux

    Practice forgiveness – make it a habit to readily forgive those who offend/annoy/injure you.

  • Tori

    The Liturgy of the Hours and the daily readings are two great ways. Or, if that seems like a lot at first, a morning offering, the Angelus, and the 3 o’clock prayer are good for getting into a rhythm. Following along with Pray More Novenas or something similar gives more options, too. And my most fruitful spiritual times seem to be when I can make weekly adoration. Everyone has great suggestions so far!

  • Aaron

    In addition to the devotional practices listed below, if you are looking to coordinate activities for the Newman Center: Men’s/Women’s Faith-sharing Groups, evenings of reflection/recollection, support groups (vocation discernment, purity, post-abuse, etc.), Bible studies, a weekly evening Mass followed by a dinner, community service, catechism classes, book clubs, rosary vigil at an abortion clinic, praise and worship nights.

  • Blobee

    -Start out each day with the intention to do good. Say a brief prayer to God to help you do good that day.

    -Sign up for one of the services that emails or messages brief Scripture with a reflection to you each day.

    -Acknowledge your Guardian Angel. Say a prayer that they will be your guide each day to follow Christ, and help you when things get hard.

    -Know the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, and make a point to try to see how you’ve practiced them during every day. Read and reflect on the Sermon on the Mount.

    -Practice gratitude to God. Every day think of things to notice God has blessed you. You can even keep these in a notebook so you can look back.

    -Before bedtime, think about your day. This is a good time to think of things you are grateful for. Do an examination of conscience each evening at bedtime (doesn’t have to be long), say an act of contrition afterward for how you messed up, and some prayers before going to bed, and include a prayer for souls in purgatory at that time.

    -Prayer and liturgy apps are great resources, especially for the night prayer of the Church.

    -Pick out one virtue you want to get better at each month (patience, forgiveness, fortitude, perseverance) and each day remind yourself to work on it in the events during the day.

    -At least monthly confession.

    -Learn a few short ejaculatory prayers, and make a point to say them randomly during the day: i.e., My Lord, mercy. or Jesus, come into my heart. Have one or two on the homepage of your computer or smartphone or even your paper notebook or folder so you see it and remember to say it.

    -Wear a scapular (have an investment ceremony at the Newman Center). Start the day with a prayer to the Blessed Virgin each day to help you to live your life according to Christ.

    -Have a picture of the Divine Mercy on your phone so you see it, or if you’re brave enough, hang one in your room (a small 5 x 8 in a frame for your desk might work) and remember to say “Jesus, I trust in you.” when you see it.

    -Find Catholic friends who want to really practice their faith. The type of company you keep matters.

    -Read a little of the Catechism of the Catholic Church each day (app, or online?) so you can know and reflect on what the doctrines of the Church are.

    -Go to a priest or other Catholic leader when you are struggling, or have questions about God that you can’t resolve. The world has one set of answers, and many of them are wrong. Don’t try to go it alone.

  • Jess

    Daily Rosary – gives a rhythm to the week as you have Joyful on Mondays, Sorrowful on Tuesdays, Glorious on Wednesdays etc … helps to bring an ongoing cycle of reflections on the life of Christ 🙂

  • Richard

    Though it’s not specifically Catholic in origin, my Catholic daughter kept a copy of Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata” on the wall in her dorm room and would read it when the worldly stresses of college life got to her. She found that it often started good discussions when friends visited and saw it there.

  • Cristina Freyre

    Celebrating feasts or Saint’s days that happen to fall during the week with a simple meal or special dessert. Usually there is something related to the day that can make it memorable (blue or white for Marian feasts, cappuccino for Padre Pio, etc.).

    There are lots of great resources online; two favorites are Carrots for Michaelmas (Haley and her husband are young converts and would be great for college students) and Catholic Cuisine.

  • Dan13

    I believe they are called the “corporal and spiritual works of mercy”

  • Whitney Anderson

    -make your phone’s home or lock screen or your computer’s desktop a picture of Jesus or Mary or a saint or a Bible verse–reminding yourself of their presence in your day
    -do night prayer/compline every night: it’s really short, and a nice way to end the day with good thoughts in your head
    -mix some hillsong united/praise and worship/gregorian chat in with the rest of your music…puts a little prayer time into your workout or commute or study time (gregorian chant is bomb for studying)
    -like or follow Christian stuff like Bible Verse of the Day on facebook/twitter/instagram…little reminder of God in with the rest of social media
    -tape a morning offering prayer on your nightstand or ceiling or whatever the first spot you look at is in the morning and say the prayer before you even get out of bed

  • Kate

    Keep the USCCB Daily Readings as your homepage and read that day’s mass readings before you go to other websites.

  • sarah

    I have the evangelizio app on my phone. It has the daily readings and often a reflection on the Gospel from a Saint or Pope.

  • Jackson-Selle

    No matter where you are eating, bow your head and say grace before you eat. Not ostentatious, but it is there, for you, for God, and for the observant as an testimony.