So you have thought and prayed about the vision for you and your family...
You have decided that some things need to change...
You are ready to start adjusting, tweeking, and remaking your life to more closely reflect your Catholic Faith...
Now just a minute. Before such changes...or maybe while you are making the changes, have you thought about a fast? Just before our Blessed Lord chose his first Apostles, he went off and prayed and fasted. Maybe we should do the same. Here are a couple of ideas I recently discussed with some fellow visionary men:
-Fasting from one meal a day
-Fasting from supper, thus you eat lunch and then don't eat until the next morning
-Fasting from meat, soda, or some other particular food (this should be done over a long period - maybe 6 months or so)
-An extended fast of just one meal each day while staying hydrated on lemonade or juice.
Once you make this decision stick with it. When you start to say, "well, maybe I can have meat today...after all I am at a business lunch with my boss...just this time", just say NO, stay committed! This will help to renew your vision and help you practice the magnanimity needed to live out the fullness
Coepiscopi means fellow bishops. The phrase is taken from St.Augustine's address to his "fellow bishops," the familial men of his diocese of Hippo. St. Augustine said to his Coepiscopi: "Each and every one of you have in the home the bishop's office to see to it that neither his wife nor his son nor his daughter nor even his servant fall away from the truth. For they were bought with a great price."