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Let’s talk a bit about sanctifying daily duty and tips for how we can fulfill our duties as catholic moms.
When Our Lady appeared at Fatima, she stressed the importance of prayer and reparation for sin. And the necessity of fulling our daily duties.
In a world filled with many distractions and a bit of chaos, I think it is really important that we earnestly fulfill these requests of Our Blessed Mother.
So, how do we sanctify our daily duty?
Before we talk about sanctifying our daily duty, I want to give a little overview and timeline on Our Lady’s message at Fatima.
Between May – October of 1917, Our Blessed Mother appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. She came with a message from Heaven that men must amend their lives.
She stressed the importance of prayer and sacrifice. And the fulfillment of our daily duties as Catholics.
The key messages of Our Lady of Fatima
- amendment of life, striving to conquer and avoid sin
- prayer, especially the daily Rosary
- sacrifice — especially the sacrifice of daily duty
- reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
- purity and modesty of dress
Sanctifying our daily duty
What are our daily duties?
Our Lord appeared to Sr Lucia and communicated the importance of penance and fulfillment of daily duty.
“The sacrifice of each soul consists in the fulfillment of its own duty and the observance of My law. That is the penance which I now ask and desire.”
And: “More than all else, accept and bear with resignation the sufferings that God may send you.”
As Catholics, we know that our daily duty is to obey God’s laws, to live a good Christian life, and avoid wordliness.
And each of us has a duty to fulfill based off of our state in life. So for us wives & mothers, our obligations are towards our husbands and children.
We fulfill our obligations well when we make the sacrifices with a good intention and for the love of God.
Basic duties of a Catholic mother
We know that as Catholic mothers, some days are harder than others and prayer time is very limited. We can’t spend hours of the day kneeling in church or in a quiet corner of the home.
The duties to our husband, children, and household will always take precedence.
But what we can do is try our best to keep in union with God throughout the day with short aspirational prayers. A simple “Jesus, I love you” while snuggling a sick toddler or “My God it is all for love of Thee” while cleaning the toilets will help us to keep this Divine Union.
Another very important duty of a Catholic Mom is ensuring that the children are instructed in the faith properly. This will also mean that we teach them their daily duties and basic daily prayers.
🤍Basic Daily Prayers for Catholics
Some essential daily prayers include:
- morning offering and night prayers
- daily rosary
- prayers before and after meals
- spiritual reading — this can be a hard habit to start, so begin small. Make time for 5-10 minutes each day. It is so worth it for growth in the faith and spiritual life.
I have this printable of the basic Catholic daily prayers now available which is an easy way to instruct those who need to learn the basics.
We are also using the Our Holy Faith series from St Augustine Academy Press for the catechism lessons in our homeschool. And it is excellent, highly recommend!
Another recommendation, is to have a few minutes of quiet time in the morning to spend in meditation and reflection before the busyness of the day begins.
My children are early risers…we live on a cattle ranch. So, I have to get up extra early to get this quiet time in. But if I don’t make the time, my whole day just feels “off”.
I really love Divine Intimacy and read through it every single day as part of my morning meditations.
If you don’t have time for this quiet morning time, do it in the evening!
Of course, these are just some things that have helped me in my vocation. Be sure to discuss this with your priest/spiritual director.
Organizational helps for the Catholic mom
Another great way for getting our routines and duties in order is to keep unnecessary distractions at bay.
I have recently quit social media and deleted all of my accounts because I felt like they were too distracting to my duties.
Of course, this isn’t for everyone. But seek out the things that are a distraction for fulfilling your duties and try to limit or eliminate them.
Here are a few helpful resources for getting daily routines established:
- Easy steps for a great morning routine
- Evening routines for stay at home moms
- Laundry routine
- Minimalist declutter (with checklist)
- Simple ways to elevate homemaking
Where would you like to start?