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Today I read an article titled ‘St. Francis De Sales’s guide to starting your day right‘ and it got me thinking of routines and how they relate to my spiritual life and my marriage.

The routines that my husband and I set in our total power exchange are many. But in the end, they all have one purpose, to help me call to mind the dynamic of our marriage.

In a similar way, routines in the spiritual life have the purpose of helping me call to mind how I am designed to be loved by God and to love Him in return. These routines, should I choose to adopt them, remind me that “You have made us for Yourself, oh Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in You”. Routines in the spiritual life help me to be fully alive (St. Irenaeus said “the glory of God is a human being fully alive”).

A routine that I have the privilege of practicing now that I’m on uni holidays is going to daily Mass. I used to take Mass for granted in the past but now that I appreciate it more I treasure every opportunity I get to attend. I have noticed that the routine of attending daily Mass has made a huge difference in my life. When I go for Mass in the morning, the rest of the day is more likely to be ordered right. Being able to receive the Real Presence of Jesus in Holy Communion is such a precious opportunity and it makes every morning a blessed one.

One of the routines that I have been really drawn to is praying the Angelus when I wake up. The Angelus is such a beautiful prayer and I’m so grateful that I had been introduced to it a few days ago. It is so quick to pray but yet captures the very heart of Catholicism; Jesus’ incarnation and Mary’s fiat.