This is Mother Franziska Lechner’s Program of Life. I don’t know much about her but if she followed this I am sure she will be a Saint one day. It is simple to the point and relevant. Its awesome.

  • No morning without a fervent prayer.
  • No work without a good intention.
  • No joy without gratitude to God.
  • No diversion without a thought of God.
  • No suffering without patient resignation.
  • No wrong suffered without pardon given.
  • No fault committed without repentance.
  • No fault noticed without a kind judgement.
  • No good work without humility.
  • No one in need without some help.
  • No sufferer without consolation.
  • No evening without self-examination.

Mother Franziska Lechner began the Daughters of Divine Charity Religious order in 1868.

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Priorities…

December 2, 2010

I recently received an email from someone asking if everything was okay because I don’t seem to be posting as often as I had previously. The email got me thinking about priorities and how they apply to our life here on earth.

When our Son Max was born time became a real treasure in the life of my family. Many of you experience this “tug of war” of responsibilities on a daily basis. In these busy periods of life it is always important to review your priorities so you can budget your time to live the life you are called to. I have been focusing on prayer, family and work because those are the most important priorities in my life.

You should pray about the priorities in your life because when time and attention become limited you need to know where to devote these two treasures.

Here are some thoughts on what our priorities should be:

1. Your own salvation: The number one priority is to grow in your relationship with Jesus and achieve that level of holiness God has called you too. This means prayer, mass, and spiritual growth are not ever optional

2. The Salvation of your family: The number two priority is to bring your family to heaven. Spending time with your spouse and children is never optional.  The Prophet should first share the Lord with his own family through example and words.

3. Practical Responsibilities: If you have a family then God has entrusted those people to you for care and protection. This is an integral part of your vocation. I feel blessed that my wife does not have to work outside the home. I consider this an important part of raising a Holy Family and it is one of the main priorities in my life.

4. Apostolate: It can be hard to subject your apostolate or ministry under the first 3 priorities. Keep firmly in your mind that our responsibilities are first to our own salvation and then to our family. Our apostolate can never be successful if we neglect our own relationship with God and our family.

5. Rest and Recuperation: In order for us to give adequate attention to other priorities we must have time for rest. This is something I really struggle with. I wish I could stay awake all night and work but it will always hurt us in the end if we don’t get the rest we need. Each person needs a different amount of rest but it is important to find what you need really stick to it.

Budget your time and attention for the Glory of God!

Simplicity and Happiness

January 27, 2010

I recently read the book the 4 hour work week. Great thoughts on simplifying your personal and professional life and focusing on what is really important. I couldn’t help but feel like a rat on a wheel while reading it but good things happened afterward. I started by applying some of the principles to my personal life.

I sat down and pondered what things do I most desire during the day. Essentially I was prioritizing. I started out by making a list of about 20 all along knowing that it would be impossible to accomplish all 20 in one day. I had to get deeper into the issue. I asked my self, “which of these things are essential to my happiness?” I finally paired it down to 5 things which I now share.

1. Time with God.

2. Time with family.

3. Workout.

4. Read.

5. Write.

1 and 2 are a no brainer. If I don’t pray and spend time with my family particularly quality alone time with all 3 ( my God, my wife, and my Son) I have a miserable day. 1 and 2 are the things that are “Must do’s”. I must do them or I shouldn’t go to sleep. Once 1 and 2 are accomplished, or at least planned for, I can move on to 3 through 5.

If I lay down in bed and I have been able to accomplish 1 through 5 then I sleep well and satisfied. What are the things that are essential to your happiness?

I have been reading a lot of the old Baltimore Catechism. It is a great work of the Church. The reason I love it so much is that it is so incredibly simple. A person could read the first page and just about have the direction he needs to live the rest of his life. It’s in question and answer format and one of the first questions is “Why did God make me?” This is the question that has been on humanity’s mind since the dawn of time. “Why am I here?”
I love Philosophy but you can get real confused and wrapped up in the question of Why am I here? Or Why did God make me? People have messed this question up for years and years. Some, influential people, have even confused entire cultures and ages because of their wrong answer. I think most people in our culture and age are confused because of problems they run into when trying to answer this question. People would do well to turn back to their dusty old Baltimore Catechism. Page one asks, “Why did God make me?” And answers, “God made me to know him, love him and to serve him in this world and to be happy with him in the next.”
This is our vision for life. We are here to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him in the next. It’s simple.