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For us lay folks, there’s a sort of balancing act that we need to walk. As men, husbands, fathers, citizens, and employees, we operate in the physical world around us. But, we’re not meant to be “of the world,” as Saint Paul says.
We’re called to detach from the very world that we spend our days in, turning toward the higher things that God has to offer. The reality is that as much as we might want to spend our days in silent prayer, for us husbands and fathers, that’s not our calling. We don’t have the time to! But, simply because our paths look different from priests, religious men, and monks, that doesn’t mean that we can’t take a page from their book.
“If priests and religious have an obligation to meditate on the great truths of our holy religion in order to live up to their vocation worthily, the same obligation, then, is just as much incumbent upon the laity — because of the fact that every day they meet with spiritual dangers which might make them lose their souls. Therefore they should arm themselves with the frequent meditation on the life, virtues and sufferings of Our Blessed Lord — which are so beautifully contained in the fifteen mysteries of the Holy Rosary.” —Saint Louis de Montfort
Saint Louis de Montfort reminds us that we are in spiritual danger every day. Recall Saint Peter’s words: “Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Although we face a seemingly-constant barrage of spiritual dangers, we still have a weapon with which we can arm ourselves: the most Holy Rosary. Learn it. Pray it. Meditate on the life of Christ and Our Lady.
Turn your focus from the physical world to what God offers us in Heaven.