BODE: Four holy habits for a new Year of Grace


Ed Bode, a member of Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish in Jefferson City, adapted the following suggestions he received from Catholic parishes in Janesville, Wisconsin:

Increase your personal holiness. Practice FOUR Holy Habits:



  • Attend Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation
  • Receive the Eucharist worthily
  • Make Sunday special; spend time with family, serving, praying, enjoying holy leisure
  • Attend a weekday Mass; worthily receive the Eucharist


Pray daily

  • Pray before and after all meals
  • Spend at least 15 minutes in private prayer
  • Read a Catholic Bible; begin with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
  • Apply the messages to yourself for personal responses
  • Pray the Rosary; vary the Mysteries; apply the messages
  • Pray in a Eucharistic Adoration chapel; respond to Jesus


Friday penance

  • Make every Friday a day of penance
  • Do not eat meat, or make some other sacrifice to remember the crucifixion of our Savior, Jesus Christ


Monthly confession

  • Before going to bed, make an examination of conscience
  • Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation worthily at least monthly