Surrendering myself every day to the grace and mercy of God the Father and relying on the power of the Holy Spirit, I resolve to be a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus who
- Prays every day.
The Liturgy of the Hours, the Rosary, and a quiet time of meditation are all splendid ways of entering each day into prayer. Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle or exposed for adoration is especially fruitful.
- Worships at least once each week in the Most Holy Eucharist.
Faithfully participating in Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation is the bare minimum of Catholic practice; participating in Mass every day is a laudable goal. Without faithful attendance at Sunday Mass each and every week (serious illness and essential work aside), there is no possibility of authentic discipleship.
- Studies Sacred Scripture every day.
There is absolutely no substitute for direct, personal contact with the Bible. Studying and praying with the Sacred Scriptures (lectio divina) is an essential and irreplaceable part of mature discipleship, and this can be done both alone and with a group of other disciples. Study of the Sacred Scriptures then leads naturally to lifelong study of the teaching of the Church, the lives of the saints, and the history of divine revelation in Judaism and Christianity.
- Confesses my sins regularly in the Sacrament of Penance.
The Sacrament of Penance is Christ's Easter gift to His Church. Each time we make a worthy Confession of sins and receive Absolution, the grace of our Baptism is renewed and restored in us. We show reverence to Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist by not receiving Holy Communion after serious sin until and unless we have been to Confession. Our Holy Father recommends reception of this Sacrament be at least once a month.
- Serves others in the Name of Jesus Christ.
Our worship of God is empty unless it changes the way we treat other human persons, most especially the poor and those in need of any kind. Finding some form of direct Christian service to others in keeping with our state of life is essential to a life of mature discipleship. Teaching children, visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, and comforting those in sorrow are a few of the many ways of serving "the least" of Christ's brethren.
- Shares my personal gifts, time, and money with the Lord and His Church.
We are called to give ourselves to the Lord Jesus in every way and to acknowledge that we are merely stewards of the good things He has given to us. Offering our time, talent, and treasure in service to the Gospel is a natural consequence of following the Way of the Cross. True disciples are always good stewards.
- Connects with other disciples in Christian community.
We are not called to follow Christ in solitude, and so we must seek the fellowship of other Christians, not only for worship but also for recreation, family activities, study, and service. Mature friendship with other Christian disciples is essential to a healthy interior life, and Christian friends encourage each other in fidelity to the Way of the Cross.
- Evangelizes the world through my words and deeds.
The Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20) is given to every person who is baptized into the death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus. We must always and everywhere bear witness to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and invite others to believe in Him and to join us in following Him in the Way of the Cross.