The Season of Commitment
The Season of Commitment is a time when the person is in a process of devoting himself or herself to something or someone. It is a time of devotion and dedication, of discovering what the purpose of one’s life might be. People in this season grant assent to the truths of the Catholic faith and begin to live them out in a mature way. This season is broadly identified as between 23 – 30 years of age.
10 Quick Tools:
- Schedule a time to go to confession monthly or bi-weekly. Make it an appointment on your calendar. Frequent confession is a great way to grow in holiness and virtue and to be more aware of God’s presence in our daily lives.
- Attend Mass on a weekday and work up to making it a daily occurrence. The more we receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament the more we become like him!
- Pray the Morning Offering before doing anything else at the start of your day.
- Designate a spot in your home which can be an in-home chapel. Decorate it with Catholic imagery such as a crucifix, icons, and other sacred art. Make an effort to make this a place of daily prayer for yourself, with your spouse, and with your family.
- The saints give us a holy example of living a Christian life. By studying the lives of the saints and asking for their prayers we can be inspired to live holier lives that are more closely united to Christ. Ask your patron saint/confirmation saint to pray for you daily, and look up new saints that you can ask to intercede for you and your family. This website can help you find one.
- The sacraments are the foundation and the hinges of our spiritual life. Our spiritual lives lead to and flow from the sacraments, and they facilitate a deep, intimate relationship with God (The Way of Christ, Lesson 5). Spend some time in prayer reflecting on your baptismal promises and what impact that has on your daily life.
- Jesus’ suffering and death give meaning to all suffering and death. He invites us to take up our cross and follow him each day, and to unite our suffering to the Cross. Find ways to make small sacrifices throughout your day as a reminder of this call to image Christ.
- We need both faith and works to grow in holiness (James 2:26). We are made right with God through faith, and then we must respond to the grace he gives us. The Holy Spirit moves us to a deeper faith and gives us help to perform good works. Find ways to incorporate the spiritual and corporal works of mercy into your life.
- Set time limits on your smartphone/tablet for the apps that are the most frequent “time wasters”. Pick up a good book instead of your phone.
- Sleep with your phone in a different room. Studies show that this may help you fall asleep faster and have a better quality of sleep. It also prevents us from mindlessly scrolling through social media before bedtime.
- List of articles for the Season of Maturity at the Catholic East Texas
- Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Three to Get Married
- Fr. George Elliott, Discernment Do’s and Don’ts: A Practical Guide to Vocational Discernment
- Fr. Brett A. Brannen, To Save a Thousand Souls: A Guide to Discerning a Vocation to Diocesan Priesthood
- Sr. Clare Matthiass, C.F.R., Discerning Religious Life
- Fr. Richard Butler, O.P., Religious Vocation: An Unnecessary Mystery
- Scott Hahn, The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order
- Mary Eberstadt, Adam and Eve After the Pill: Paradoxes of the Sexual Revolution
- Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., Father Forgive Me, for I am Frustrated: Growing in Faith When You Don’t Find it Easy Being Catholic
- Trent Horn and Leila Miller, Made This Way: How to Prepare Kids to Face Today’s Tough Moral Issues
- St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life
- St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary: With Preparation for Total Consecration
- Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, The Three Conversions in the Spiritual Life
Catechism of the Catholic Church:
- The Consecrated Life (CCC 914-933)
- The Sacrament of Holy Orders (CCC 1536-1600)
- The Sacrament of Matrimony (CCC 1601-1666)
- Pope St. John Paul II, Familiaris consortio (1981)
- Pope Piux XI, Ad Catholici Sacerdotii (1935)
- Pope St. John XXIII, Sacerdotii nostri primordia (1959)
- Pope St. John Paul II, Vita consacrata (1995)
- Word on Fire Institute
- McGrath Institute
- Augustine Institute