Speaking of Fr. Hardon, I have never aspired to be a Marion Catechist. ' Those people' are much smarter, holier and surely have more advanced powers of concentration than I. However I loved Fr. Hardon before his death and even more so after his death, continuing to learn from him through his writing.
Fr. Hardon's massive legacy of writings and teachings are thorough and detailed. He wasn't the type of guy to give you lists, tips and bullet points, which I happen to love! Laura Berquist said that the Baltimore Catechism is Thomas Aquinas distilled. Well I have been waiting for Fr. John Hardon distilled. So I was delighted to find a list, a list! of tips from Father for spiritual growth!
Found on the Marion Catechist site
Spiritual Tips from Father John Hardon
As a catechist, and therefore teacher of the Faith to others, you should have a deep understanding of the Faith yourself. There is no better way of growing in your grasp of the Faith than by meditating on the Apostles’ Creed.
- Focus on one article of the Creed for each month of the year, from January through December. Repeat the process each year. During the month of January, for example, prayerfully meditate on the meaning of the First Article. Ask Our Lord daily for the grace to better appreciate what it means to declare, “I believe in God the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth.”
- Each day, if only for a few minutes, read a passage or two from the Bible which tells about God’s power in creating the world and keeping it in existence (e..g., Job 38, 39), or about the majesty of God revealed in the works of Creation (e.g., Psalm 8). Memorize short verses from Sacred Scripture which address God as Creator and Lord. The Psalms are filled with such acts of adoration.
- Form the habit of frequently thanking God, if only in a word, for His countless gifts and blessings.
- Make acts of humility during the day, recalling and reflecting on the fact that, except for God, we would not exist. For example, simply pray, "My Lord, You are everything, and I am nothing."
- Several times a day, slowly and prayerfully recite the Glory Be to the Father..
- When you make the Sign of the Cross, think of what you are saying – that you are making an act of faith in the Holy Trinity.
- Daily recite a short prayer to your Guardian Angel.
- Daily recite the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel.
- Cultivate the habit of often using the name Jesus in silent prayer. When you get up in the morning and retire at night, invoke His Holy Name. And during the day, learn to associate whatever you are doing with a moment’s prayerful aspiration, pronouncing the word, Jesus. If you do this, you will not only grow in your belief that Jesus is indeed God Who become Man; you will experience the spiritual power that is available to those who call upon Him in faith.