Catholic Boot Camp
by: Tim Staples
1. As soon as your eyes open in the morning: Make a morning offering. Get up and put your knees on the floor. A morning offering can be in your own words or a traditional prayer like this: “O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer you my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father. Amen.
2. Make daily Mass. If you cannot, make a spiritual communion.
3. Some time during the day, you must make a visit to a church and spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament to adore our precious Lord.
4. Spend a certain time reading the lives of the saints or a good book on Catholic History.
5 Spend a certain amount of time reading good Catholic Apologetics or theology.
6. Get together with at least one friend (preferably more if possible) and pray the Rosary Together.
7. Pray the Divine Office, if possible. If you need instruction as to how to do so, consult with a good local priest.
8. Go outside and get some exercise. Spend some quality time getting some physcial exercise.
9. NOT TV! NO RADIO! NO MODERN MUSIC! NO MOVIES! NO ELECTRONICS FOR ENTERTAINMENT (hairdryers, lights, etc. are okay!)
10. Say your prayers before going to bed.
Scriptural Rosary Booklet
with Luminous Mysteries
This hardcover Scriptural Rosary book with Luminous Mysteries insert is the perfect size to carry in your pocket or your purse to enable you to pray the rosary and reflect on its mysteries with fewer distractions!
So what is the difference between the Scriptural rosary and the regular rosary? The Scriptural Rosary combines the regular recitation of the rosary with a short passage from scripture, said before each Hail Mary. The scripture passages are arranged so that the story of each mystery, or decade, unfolds bead by bead. As a result, the Scriptural Rosary is a great aid for meditating more fruitfully on the mysteries, which is what the rosary is about. It is really a modern version of the way the Rosary was prayed throughout Western Europe in the late Middle Ages.
Each decade is composed of one Our Father, ten Hail Marys and the Glory Be. Many people choose to concluded each decade with the Fatima prayer: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Your mercy."
When using the rosary as an intercessory prayer, you can name a different intention before beginning each decade of the Scriptural rosary.
Imprimatur. Hard-cover. 80 pages with 24 page Luminous Mysteries or "Mysteries of Light" booklet, 2 color-printing. - $9.95