The major goal during the first stage of the spiritual life of a Catholic man as a Catholic Son is to bring a man’s selfish thoughts and acts under control and to live his life as commanded by the Blessed Trinity so that he can resist the constant attacks and temptations of Satan and be an obedient and holy Catholic Son.
There are 7 Major Habits of Catholic Sons (Major Habits 1-7 of Catholic Manhood) and 24 smaller Habits which can help a man grow in his vocation as a Catholic Son
Major Habit 1 – Make Union with God your Ultimate Purpose
The first Major Habit is the most important. It is to realize and reconfirm that God is Number 1 in your life. For the man who desires to become a saint and be happier here and happy forever in Heaven, seeking to draw closer to God must become man’s ultimate desire.
Making union with God a man’s ultimate purpose leads a man to develop a strong aversion to evil thoughts and acts and to avoid Hell, but also fills a man with the desire to find the true and lasting happiness of spending eternity with God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, all the Apostles, and Saints and Angels forever.
Seeking Union with God (Major Habit 1) can be broken down into 6 smaller habits.
The first week of the year, starts with Habit 1.
Habit 1 – Become an adopted son of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Baptism and the Sacrament of Confirmation
The first habit is the starting point for every man for it is through this habit that a man becomes an adopted son of God.
A man is transformed from being simply a creature created by God, to become a true son of God who has been supernaturally adopted by God through the Sacrament of Baptism.
Becoming an adopted son of God – Become an adopted son of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit through the Sacrament of Baptism and the Sacrament of Confirmation, to avoid Hell and pursue Heaven by confirming your identity as an adopted son of the Father and your aspiration of becoming a saint as your ultimate purpose in life.
Not just for new Catholics, but every Catholic man – This first habit might seem like it does not pertain to who has already received the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, but it does!
Remember who you are – We are constantly reminded by Holy Mother Church to remember our Baptism. Each time we enter into a parish, dip our fingers in Holy Water and make the Sign of the Cross, we are called to remember and recommit to our identity given to us in the Sacrament of Baptism: we are sons of God!
As a son of God, you must always remember that our ultimate purpose is to seek union with God and to never forget that God has called you to the blessing and honor of being a Catholic man.
This week’s questions – Each week you will be challenged to use the wonderful mind God gave you to meditate upon the habit of the week. Here are this week’s questions:
Have I received the Sacrament of Baptism and the Sacrament of Confirmation?
How does God bless me by allowing me to be His adopted son?
This week’s commitment – Each week, to help build the week’s habit, you will be challenged to take one concrete action. Here is this week’s challenge:
Stop by a parish sometime during the week, dip your fingers in Holy Water and slowly and prayerfully make the Sign of the Cross, recalling the blessings of being a Baptized Catholic man. Take 5 minutes and sit in God’s presence, either in front of the Tabernacle or in an Adoration Chapel.
Daily Prayer – During the week, pray this short prayer, or one like it, to recall your indelible identity as a Catholic son of God.
Almighty Father, Son and Holy Spirit, give me the grace to remember that you have called me to be your adopted son. Fill me with the joy of remembering Your deep love for me and help me every day to say thank you at least once for allowing me to have the great blessing of being a Catholic man. Amen.