After much prayer and discernment you have decided that you want to become more Plain in your life and lifestyle. How do you do this? This page addresses some steps you can take to simplify and become more Plain.
A Plain Catholic first and foremost, seeks conversion of the heart and soul. The Plain Catholic heart is humble, obedient, and seeks continual conversion to become more like Christ.
1. Go to Mass daily if you can, Sunday and Holy Days most certainly. Go to the Sacrament of Penance often. Most importantly, Pray! Keep a regular daily prayer time regardless of the time of day. Developing excellent prayer habits is essential to your walk as a Catholic. Recommended prayers:
2. Look closely at your Schedule of Activities. Make note of how much time you spend in watching television; talking on the phone; computer time; video games, etc. Ask yourself if these activities take time away from your family. If the answer is yes, take concrete steps to reduce or eliminate these activities altogether.
3. Your Clothing: Do you have excess clothing? Is that clothing modest? If you have immodest clothing can it be modified to be more modest? If not donate it to the local thrift store. Or better yet, cut it up and create a lovely quilt out of it.
4. Your Home: Take a critical and Catholic look at your music, books, movies, etc. Do these items show a healthy faith life or do they focus upon the unhealthy attitudes of today’s secular and immodest culture?
5. Your Free time: How do you spend your free time? Do you prefer to be with family and friends? Volunteering? Seek out activities that edify your faith and your family. Avoid those activities that encourage an unhealthy dependency upon materialism, immodesty, vices, and especially the seven deadly sins of
• Lust (Latin, luxuria)
• Gluttony (Latin, gula)
• Greed (Latin, avaritia)
• Sloth (Latin, acedia)
• Wrath (Latin, ira)
• Envy (Latin, invidia)
• Pride (Latin, superbia)
In all areas of your life, find ways to implement the virtues which oppose the deadly sins;
• (Cardinal) Prudence: judge between actions with regard to appropriate actions at a given time
• (Cardinal) Justice: proper moderation between the self-interest and the rights and needs of others
• (Cardinal) Restraint or Temperance: practicing self-control, abstention, and moderation
• (Cardinal) Courage or Fortitude: forbearance, endurance, and ability to confront fear and uncertainty, or intimidation
• (Theological) Faith: steadfastness in belief
• (Theological) Hope: expectation of and desire of receiving; refraining from despair
• (Theological) Love or Charity: selfless, unconditional, and voluntary loving-kindness
Study the Catechism of the Catholic Church, particularly the "Life in Christ" section. Endeavor to actively implement this teaching in your own life so that your life will be a living witness to Christ. Live quietly and be ready to answer any questions about your faith but do so gently without anger nor argument according to 1 Peter 3: 15-16.
Divest yourself of unnecessary spending habits and examine how you can do with fewer material items. Replace these things with prayer, Scripture study and activities that promote a simpler life such as gardening. Be open to learning new skills that will help you pursue a simpler life. Seek out other like-minded Catholics who also wish to separate themselves from the secular world in their lives in order to pursue Jesus in simplicity. There are two Yahoo discussion groups which provide online fellowship and resources for pursuing the Plain Catholic life:
Plain Catholics a group for both men and women to discuss, share and fellowship in the Plain Catholic life.
Plain Catholic Women’s Group a group for women only.
May God richly reward your earnest and sincere efforts to please Him who ransomed us from eternal damnation and gave us the key to Heaven in Christ Jesus our Savior.
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