Monday, April 4, 2016

The Heroic Minute Challenge: Day 1: The First Supernatural Reflection of the Day

Day One....YOWSA....that was not easy. My alarm rang at 7:00AM; which is the time I chose for this first day of the challenge (the first day back to "normal life" after Easter break). My first instinct was to hit the snooze button (big shock there), but a vague memory of some crazy challenge entered my mind. I would love to say that I jumped out of bed with great joy, but I didn't.  In fact, I rose slowly, with one eye observing the gloomy day outside my window and my mind wondering why I hadn't gone to be earlier last night (and why I hadn't cleaned up the kitchen after celebrating my Dad's birthday with a house full of guests). Ugh.

The first lesson of the 14 Day "Heroic Minute" Challenge for me is this: what you do the night before will have a direct impact on your ability to live out the Heroic Minute the next morning.  

Let's look a little more at some of St. Escriva's writings on the Heroic Minute:

The First Supernatural Reflection of the Day
St. Josemarie Escriva explains the mechanics of the Heroic Minute as a three step process: an action that occurs "without hesitation",  a "supernatural reflection" and then the dreaded imperative "UP!" 

The "without hesitation" part gets me every time. Mainly because I fail to fuel the entire effort with the "supernatural reflection" St. Escriva describes. In other words, I am trying to live out the Heroic Minute on my own steam. 

Here's 5 ideas to help you begin the day with this "supernatural reflection":

  1. Set your alarm ringtone to a Catholic hymn or chorus from a praise song. Mine is set to the chorus from Steve Angrisano's My Soul Is Thirsting. Waking up with these powerful words in my ears helps to set my heart on the Lord from the first moment of my day. 
  2. Pray out loud the opening words of the Invitatory from the Liturgy of the Hours: "Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will proclaim your praise." 
  3. Let your first thought be one of gratitude - thanking and praising God for the gift of a brand new day. 
  4. Consecrate the day to the Lord by praying a Morning Offering - either this traditional one, or one expressed in your own words. 
  5. Borrow a prayer from the Saints - the prayer I recite each morning upon opening my eyes is this one from St. Thomas Aquinas
Grant me O Lord, my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
perseverance in waiting for you,
and the hope of finally embracing you. Amen.

How did Day One go for you?: Share your thoughts, questions, comments etc. in the Comments below! 

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  1. So practical and so pleasing to our Lord!

    1. Thank you for your encouraging words, Martianne.

  2. It was reeeeaaaly hard for me this morning,first,because it's Monday and secondly because I fight insomnia and I had barely fallen asleep when my alarm went off. I did it though! Of course I'm a zombie now, but maybe that will help me sleep better tonight. I would like to share the prayer I made up to say every morning before I get out of bed~Good morning Father. Today and always I give you my will. Take it,cast it aside. Use my body as a shell for Your Holy and Divine Will. Grant me the grace to know what Your Will is for me, and the strength to do it.

    1. A beautiful prayer, Candy - thank you so much for sharing it.

  3. Oh I had an easy time of it today getting up - i've been staying at my daughters house taking care of my two granddaughters while they were away and not being used to their alarm clocks my husband set his cell phone alarm for 7 o'clock . I woke up and looked at my daughters alarm clock and it saw it was 7:45 so I immediately turned to my husband and said "On my goodness your alarm didn't go off! He checked and saw that it was actually only 6:59 am - there was a power failure on Sunday afternoon at my daughters house while we were out and the clocks were way off and we didn't realize it. So with that his alarm went off and well - we were up! We'll see how day two goes as we are now back home - it will be a challenge I'm sure as we have to be down with my 4-year-old triplet grandsons at 7:30 to get them ready for and bring them to preSchool - and i value every minute of sleep for the energy required for that assignment - not to mention the patience I need !

    1. I am sure the triplets are HIGH energy! What a delight they must be and 4 years old already - time flies.....

  4. Day 1 ... not so bad . But I am one of those strong out of the gate, never finish the race kinda gals!!

    1. Oh yeah - I know the feeling. Queen of the unfinished projects over here! I fell down today - good for growing in humility - lol! Thanks for sharing the journey!