As the New Year begins, many people look towards the motto, "new year, new me." Many wish to get back on track with their health - starting exercise routines or a different way of eating. Others focus on mental health. removing stress in their life, or carving out more time for family and loved ones. Thankfully, others wish to bring about a healthier soul - diving deeper into their spiritual life. All of these are good attitudes for one to have, providing that we see that a healthier body, mind, and soul helps one to serve God better and to more perfectly do His will.
After the Christmastide, the sisters turn their minds and hearts back to the apostolate and daily duties, keeping in mind that Christ has just been born anew in their hearts. Our responsibility, then, is to keep the Christ child growing in our souls by pondering the graces of the Christmas season in our hearts as Our Lady did. As we celebrated Christ manifesting Himself in the flesh to the Gentiles, how can we best manifest Christ to the souls with whom we minister to and come in contact with? How can the sister perform her daily duties with a greater recollected heart, as the Holy Family lived their life in Bethlehem and Nazareth?
How does one fill this chalice? Through contemplation of Divine Things in union with the Holy Trinity - i.e. mental prayer or prayer of the heart - allowing God to speak directly to our hearts, and ours to Him in response He Who is Love
Ten Aids to Mental Prayer