There is a saying ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness.’ Cleaning includes one’s own body, house and surroundings. In other words, cleaning is done for the well-being of everyone. Does that external cleaning guarantee the total well-being of the people? What about our mind and spirit that is as cluttered as our home or office or public places? As we deserve to be living in a clean environment, we deserve and should live a ‘wholistic’ life.
We are used to cleaning the outside house, but the most important house to clean is one’s self which we rarely do. Here is a schedule for a week to attend to, sent to me by a classmate friend who serves a church in Australia.

Monday - Wash Day. Lord, help me wash away all my selfishness and vanity so I may serve you with perfect humility through the week ahead.
Tuesday - Ironing Day. Dear Lord, help me iron out all the wrinkles of prejudice I have collected through the years so that I may see the beauty in others.
Wednesday - Mending Day. O God, help me mend my ways so I will not set a bad example for others.
Thursday - Cleaning Day. Lord Jesus, help me dust out all the many faults I have been hiding in the secret corners of my heart.
Friday - Shopping Day. O God, give me the grace to shop wisely so I may purchase eternal happiness for myself and all others in need of love.
Saturday - Cooking Day. Help me, my Savior, to brew a big kettle of brotherly love and serve it with the clean, sweet bread of human kindness.
Sunday - The Lord's Day. O God, I have prepared my house for you. Please come into my heart as my honored guest so I may spend this day and the rest of my life in your presence.
I am sure that this innovative prayer will help in cleaning oneself in the beginning of the New Year 2020.

Wishing you all a Happy and grace-filled New Year.

In the Service of the Lord,
Father Thainese Alphonse


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