Sodalist Way of Life
1. Begin each day by thanking God for another opportunity to praise Him for His kindness, mercy and compassion and to live out His Gospel message.
2. Pray the Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity.
3. Recite the Rosary daily, if possible, while meditating on the mysteries. This can be done anytime throughout the day. Do one decade at a time in between other activities until you have completed the whole mystery in one day. You will have made a beautiful crown of roses for Our Queen of the most Holy Rosary by the end of the day.
Carry a rosary in your pocket, and use it while you are waiting.
If you can do all four mysteries, do them, otherwise, one mystery is alright
Before you begin the rosary, say this: “With this rosary, I bind my children to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
When you pray the rosary, pray for peace in the world, pray for the souls in purgatory, pray for the
conversion of sinners. Pray for the intentions of Our Blessed Mother. Pray for anything you want
- Our Lady listens! Just pray!
4. It is recommended that we take at least 15 minutes a day to do spiritual readings, i.e., The Holy Bible; The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: The Lives of the Saints; The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola; The Catholic Standard; The Life of Mary; Holy Books and Readings, etc.
5. Take 5 to 15 minutes a day to do contemplative prayer, converse with God, then begin a spiritual journal to keep track of unfolding mysteries. Just start writing. It is inspirational to go back and read what you have written. The Holy Spirit will guide you in this. Graces will flow like a river as you express your beautiful insights.
6. Go to daily Mass if it is possible in your daily schedule. If you can not get to Mass, try to visit the Blessed Sacrament if you are near a church and have a few minutes.
7. At the close of the day, examine your conscience. Say this prayer:
Prayer of Daily Neglects
Eternal Father, I offer You the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with all its Love, all its Sufferings and all its Merits.
To Expiate all the sins I have committed this day and during all my life. (Glory be to the Father...)
To purify the good I have done poorly this day and during all my life. (Glory be to the Father...)
To supply for the good I ought to have done, and that I have neglected this day and during all my life.
(Glory be to the Father...)
Beyond our daily lives, here are some other things to be considered:
Penance (Go to confession often. It feels good to have absolution regularly.
Try to go to at least one closed retreat a year.
Join your sisters in Christ (Sodality) in performing Apostolic works and Acts of Charity.
Consecrate yourself as a “soldier of Mary” in May.