Nineveh 90 – Ten Elements (source)
>> For these 90 days, resolve to let go of repetitive sin you struggle with
I've been working hard on making sure I use my time wisely and not just fritter it away doing mindless surfing of the Internet. It's been hard but I think I'm slowly working towards a balance between what I need to be online doing (paying bills, homeschool, etc) and using it as a tool.>> Wear Brown Scapular (Scapular Medal allowed) – Akin to Sackcloth
Check.>> Daily Mass (This is more of an encouragement, as many cannot do this)
Right now we just go to Mass on Sundays, as the dailies that are locally are not possible to attend.>> Confession (at least once a month … immediately following grave sin)
Yup.>> Support System: Create or join a “Nineveh 90 Squad” of 3-8 people. Meet 1-3 times per week (in person or online). Join together with an “Accountability Buddy.” Meet daily or, at least, 3 times a week.
I am in two Facebook groups, one for moms and one for homeschooling moms. I tend to find myself checking into the group for homeschooling moms more than the other one. I have an accountability buddy and it's been nice knowing I'm not in it alone.>> Daily Prayer
- Morning Offering
- Angelus (6,Noon,6)
- Holy Hour (or at least 20 minutes – does not need to be before the Blessed Sacrament)
- Bedtime Prayers
I also used to think I was too busy to pray, turns out I was just filling my day with mindless distractions.
>> For 90 Days, Commit to …
- Regular and intense exercise
- Seven hours of sleep is essential
- No alcohol
- No desserts & sweets
- No eating between meals
- No soda or sweetened drinks
- No television or movies (news allowed)
- Only music that lifts the soul to God
- No televised sports (one per week allowed)
- Limit recreational computer time (only use for personal needs and fulfillment. May be needed for Nineveh 90 too)
There are days of fasting and abstinence that I've modified as I'm still nursing Nugget. I don't do the fasting, but I do try to do the abstinence. If I can't for whatever reason, I add extra prayers in. I've been mainly listening to my body - eating and drinking when I'm hungry, not eating just because I'm bored, upping protein and removing mostly carby junk food, that sort of thing.
This is extremely hard for me to do but very rewarding spiritually, physically, and mentally. Only by the grace of God have I been able to fulfill most of the obligations. It really has been a stark reminder of how little I can do on my own and how much I absolutely have to rely on God to do even the most basic things.
More importantly, when I do cave in (sugar), I find myself being easier on myself. Less perfectionistic scruples, more grace and mercy. I'm only human and therefore it's just a matter of getting back up and starting over again.
Onward to week 2!