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In the fast-paced world of motherhood, where chaos often reigns supreme, finding moments of peace and wellness can be a challenge.

As Catholic moms navigate the delicate balance of caring for their families, St. Francis de Sales’ timeless wisdom on the direction of intention serves as a beacon of guidance.

This spiritual practice can be a transformative tool for moms seeking not only physical well-being but also holistic wellness that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit.

Understanding St. Francis de Sales’ Direction of Intention:

St. Francis de Sales, a 16th-century Catholic saint and Doctor of the Church, emphasized the importance of intentionality in our actions. His teachings revolve around the idea that the motivation behind our actions is crucial to living a virtuous and fulfilling life.

The direction of intention is a simple yet profound concept that invites us to consciously offer our actions to God, infusing even the mundane tasks of daily life with spiritual significance.

Applying Direction of Intention to Wellness:

For Catholic moms seeking wellness, incorporating St. Francis de Sales’ direction of intention into their daily routines can be a transformative practice. Here’s how:

1. Morning Offering for a Purposeful Day: Begin your day with a morning offering, dedicating your actions, joys, and challenges to God. By setting a positive and intentional tone, you create a foundation for a day infused with purpose and meaning.

2. Mindful Nourishment: As moms, nurturing others often takes precedence over self-care. When preparing meals for your family, offer your efforts to God, recognizing the act of nourishing your loved ones as a sacred duty. Be mindful of the nutritional choices you make, viewing them as a form of self-love and care.

3. Exercise as a Spiritual Practice: Physical activity is crucial for wellness, and St. Francis de Sales’ teachings remind us to infuse even our exercise routines with intention. Dedicate your workout sessions to God, viewing them as an opportunity to honor and care for the body He has given you.

4. Moments of Quiet Reflection: Amidst the chaos of daily life, find moments for quiet reflection and prayer. Whether it’s a few minutes of solitude in the morning or a peaceful evening ritual, use these moments to offer gratitude and seek God’s guidance in your journey towards wellness.

5. Embracing Imperfection: St. Francis de Sales’ teachings encourage us to offer our imperfections and shortcomings to God. Recognize that perfection is unattainable, and through the direction of intention, transform your struggles into opportunities for spiritual growth and resilience.

 

Let’s take St. Francis de Sales’ Direction of Intention and appy them into 3 simple steps that one can take a moment before engaging in any activity and engage in a deliberate threefold prayer:

Step 1: Request. Let us ask for God’s grace: Through this spiritual plea, we shift our perspective to a “sacramental” worldview, redirecting our thoughts and actions away from self-centeredness (acknowledging our inadequacy) towards God-centeredness (recognizing His supremacy).

Step 2: Dedicate. Let us dedicate the upcoming action to God: This spiritual dedication instills a “liturgical” perspective, attributing spiritual value to all our endeavors.

Step 3: Embrace. Let us commit to accepting whatever unfolds in the process: This spiritual surrender embraces a “providential” outlook, affirming our belief that “all our actions (whether successful or not) and all that befalls us (whether joyous or challenging) are part of a divine design” (74pg of St. Francis de Sales)

In the pursuit of wellness, we  can find solace and strength in St. Francis de Sales’ direction of intention.

By weaving spirituality into the fabric of our daily lives, we can transform ordinary tasks into sacred acts, fostering holistic well-being for ourvelves and our families.

As we navigate the beautiful and challenging journey of motherhood, the wisdom of St. Francis de Sales serves as a guiding light, reminding them that every intentional action is an opportunity to draw closer to God. 

It’s been an impactful revelation for me, more so than I initially anticipated.
 
Yet, I found myself struggling to remember the specific order or steps outlined by St. Francis de Sales. Recognizing the importance of having a quick and accessible tool for spiritual grounding, I decided to adapt these steps into a simple prayer that I can recall in mere seconds.
 
Hence, I’ve transformed St. Francis de Sales’ three steps into my own acronym as well a prayer –The IOE Prayer:  Invite, Offer, Embrace.