Thursday, October 4, 2012

Deployment (Day 31)

Military deployment is the movement of armed forces and their logistical support infrastructure around the world. After this 33 Day Purity Boot Camp you will be ready for deployment. You will be ready for spritual war. This Boot Camp has been a long process. It hasn't been offered as a cure, but only as a door to join the purity war. So many times when we complete an extrema diet, or an extream exercise regimen- we go straight back to our old habits just as soon as we are done on the last day. People often gain all the weight back! We think of completion as a graduation rather than a deployment. The end of boot camp is only the beginning of the fight.

Proverbs 26:11
Like a dog that returns to his vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.


They say it takes 21 days to form a new habit. Well we have done this for 33 days and hopefully we have formed 5 new habits. Common sense will tell us (if the demands of life haven't already) that  there is no way of keeping this regimen up for ever. There is a season for everything. That is why the Church has liturgical seasons- Lent is not all year long. Soldiers do not keep the same rigorous disciplines during deployment that they kept during boot camp. What soldiers do is take what they learned in boot camp and then they apply it to real life battle situations.

So make a plan of deployment for yourself. If you don't, then you have wasted 33 days of your life!

Here is an example:

Instead of working-out everyday: pick three days to exercise
Instead of totally abstaining from secular media: set limitations-perhaps no Internet after a specific time or no movies that are rated R.
Instead of studying 20 minuets a day: Join a once a week Bible study.
Fast on Fridays because it is a day of penance.
Volunteer once a month at a charity you like.
Refresh your budget to include a small increase in tithing.
Join a book club.
Start a mans group.
Join a gym.
Pray with your family before bed.


Just like your 33 Day planed looked different from my own- so to will your deployment plan. HOWEVER I do recommend that you keep praying the rosary daily nightly! Continue to fight porn with P.O.R.N. Perpetually Offering Rosaries Nightly! The important thing is that you make a plan of action. People do not plan to fail. They fail to plan. How will you take this boot camp and make it a lifestyle? How will you keep building your habits into virtues? How will you choose daily to be the best possible version of yourself? How will you choose to be a saint?

Pray:
Almighty God
We stand before you in supplication,
Asking Your Divine mercy and protection,
To envelop with Your invincible armor,
Our loved ones who will be deployed

Give them courage and strength
Against all enemies,
Both spiritual and physical,
And hasten their safe journey,
to purity and chasity.

If it be Your Holy Will
That they be gathered to Your bosom,
With the eternal vanguard of the saints,
Let their journey to Your everlasting arms
Be swift and painless,
Where they may stand in honor and glory,
Praising You for all eternity.

Amen.

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