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What are the Disciplines of "Battles in Autumn"?
What are the Disciplines of "Battles in Autumn"?

"Each does what he can, nor is he praised who has done much, nor is he blamed who has done less" (Egeria's Travels, c. 380 AD)

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📖 Read Autumn Reading & Reflection

Read the daily scriptural passage from 1 Maccabees. Allow the word of God to speak to you. Then, read the reflection we have prepared to open the scriptures as you journey with the Maccabees and embrace your baptismal calling to lead those entrusted to your care.

🙏🏻 20 Minutes of Silent Prayer

Set aside a minimum of 20 minutes for silent, contemplative prayer before the Lord. Make a place in your home where you can pray or go to your local church. Schedule this time, and turn off the notifications on your phone. This is a time for you to talk to the Lord. This is a time for the Lord to talk to you.

🌜 Examine your Day

At the end of the day, prayerfully examine what you have done and what you have failed to do throughout the day. What were the main things you accomplished? Where were you led in your prayer, and how did you respond?

💪 Weekly Fraternity Meeting

Once a week, everyone in your fraternity should meet to check in and pray together. Discuss what you did in the world and what you were moved toward in prayer. Do your part to make your fraternity a committed band of brothers. Make these men lifelong friends.

🚿 Cold Shower Fridays

On Fridays, offer up a cold shower. Don't focus on how cold the water is, but take this as an opportunity to offer a sacrifice. Think of someone who needs your prayer, and recall your why. Let this be an opportunity to tame the flesh and free the spirit.

🍗 No Meat Fridays

"Christ Died for Our Salvation on Friday. Gratefully remembering this, Catholic peoples from time immemorial have set apart Friday for special penitential observance by which they gladly suffer with Christ that they may one day be glorified with Him. This is the heart of the tradition of abstinence from meat on Friday where that tradition has been observed in the holy Catholic Church... Friday should be in each week something of what Lent is in the entire year" (USCCB, "Pastoral Statement on Penance and Abstinence").


🧎‍♂️ Make One Holy Hour Each Week

Each week, set aside one hour to pray. Your 20 minutes of silent prayer can be a part of this hour. Schedule this time, and allow the Lord to speak to you. If you are able, make your holy hour in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Enjoy this time with the Lord.


☀️ Celebrate the Lord's Day

We live a life of fasting and feasting. Celebrate the Lord's resurrection on Sunday. Take extra time for prayer, family, and friends. Weather permitting, consider doing something outside and enjoying God's creation. This is a great day to have a feast; invite friends or have a candlelight dinner. Take this day to live "the good life" and enjoy the many blessings the Lord showers upon his sons.


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