The book is out on loan to a priest right now, but one of my favorites is Calls From Fatima, written by Sister Lucia, the late visionary. Sister provided a wealth of spiritual direction and as we approach Lent, I thought I might share some of her suggestions to enrich even our every day devotions. Please don't think for a minute that because I'm posting these, I can do them. I've tried most of them and it's a real struggle. They're not supposed to be easy. Since I don't have the book handy, these may not be exact or I might have overlooked some good ones, but you get the idea.
1. Pray with your arms extended, as Christ extended His on the cross
2. Pray prone with your forehead touching the floor. (The real pain comes when you attempt to separate your forehead from the hardwood floor against which it's been pressed)
3. Rather than skip a meal, eat one you don't like
4. Acquire a deep thirst, and then slake it with a drink you don't like
5. When offered a choice, choose your least favorite dessert, rather than your favorite.
6. If you're hot, dress up a layer and if you're cold, dress down one. Don't endanger your health but a little bit of discomfort offered in reparation will do just fine.
7. Wear a fabric that you find uncomfortable against your skin. I don't think they make hair shirts anymore, but have you ever worn mohair against your skin? Probably not a whole lot different.
If anyone has any suggestions to add, please do. We're here to help one another.