Each day, I follow a schedule or calendar of duties laid out for that particular day. For example, 5:00am prayers, 7:00am Mass, 9:30am finance meeting, 11:00am homebound visit, 12:10pm Mass, and 7:00pm meeting. Maybe your schedule is similarâ€¦maybe even more packed!
And if you are guided by this kind of schedule, it might prove helpful to schedule “a meeting with virtue” within which you schedule an opportunity to do some act for the sole benefit of pleasing God. Maybe you go out of your way to take a break with a co-worker who is not so friendly, or maybe new to the office and doesn’t have many acquaintances as of yet. Maybe you take a quick trip to the grocery store and then immediately deliver some canned goods to CoNSERNS-U or any other food pantry. Perhaps you stop by a church and offer prayers for another who may be sufferingâ€¦or for peace so desperately needed throughout our world. Maybe you call a shut-in or homebound person and offer an errand or two for them.
No matter what, scheduling such a time for goodness and Godliness is well-served. Our prayer might be: “Lord, as your mercies do surround us, let this day manifest our gratitude by doing something well-pleasing to you.”