While I believe these habits were suggested for individual spiritual growth, I'd like to add "as a family" to almost all of them.
Ask for God's blessing each morning...as a family.
Offer a prayer at mealtime...as a family.
Reach out to help a neighbor in need...as a family.
Call upon the saints...as a family.
Receive the Holy Eucharist for strength and nourishment...as a family.
Give thanks to God each night...as a family.
We've already incorporated several of those habits in our family's routine, but I'd like to reserve the seventh habit for myself: savor a few minutes of silence.
Being quiet is important. It gives me the chance to reflect. I reflect on hopes, on expectations and on disappointments. I reflect on my actions - on what worked and what didn't. I reflect on things that happened during my busy day and then make plans to make the next day better. Through quiet reflection, I can think about so many things.
As I wrap this year up, I've got a good idea of how to help keep my faith alive in 2015 - by employing these seven faith habits in my daily schedule.