Keeping one’s self physically clean and neat and one’s belongings in good order.
Lord Jesus, please help me grow in the virtue of orderliness.
Clear away the disorder in my life that causes me anxiety, prevents me from being
responsible, or makes other people suffer because of my own mess.
Bring order, Lord, into my life so I can have a mind and heart that are freer to love.
St. Raymond of Peñyafort
Raymond was a Dominican priest who helped train seminarians to be priests. Pope Gregory IX asked him to help with a large project. None of the Church’s laws were organized. During his spare time, Raymond collected and organized all the decrees of the Church. His book was used as the main reference for the next eight hundred years.
- I keep neat, clean, and organized.
- I put things away and get rid of unneeded items.
- I have good hygiene and take care of my appearance.
- I prioritize activities and make sure I have times set aside for the things that are most important to me.
Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, “Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin which I had lost.”