Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Friday 17 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Hildegard of Bingen
home iconSpirituality
line break icon

Avoid bad habits with this quick morning spiritual exercise



Philip Kosloski - published on 11/10/20

If you find yourself always falling into the same bad habits, you need to do this every morning.

The best way to prevent yourself from falling into old routines, bad habits or harmful sins is to recognize those things or situations that lead you to commit them. 

We all know the bad habits or sins we commit on a daily basis, and most of the time they are preceded by something that can be prevented, or at least changed.

The key is to begin each day recognizing those situations and setting up barriers to protect yourself.

This is how The Catholic prayer book and manual of meditations explains this morning spiritual exercise.

Make a firm resolution to commit no sin during the day. Be on your guard, especially against your most frequent and besetting sin. Consider well all the dangers and occasions of sin, which you are likely to meet with, and reflect upon the means by which you may escape from them. Make a firm resolution to resist every temptation which may fall in your way, and ask of God the necessary grace to do so.

Whatever sin is most difficult for you to resist, you can begin each day by thinking about your schedule and any possible temptations the may arise. Then you can create a game plan, where you take deliberate steps to prevent yourself from falling into those bad habits or sins.

Above all, if you want to progress in the virtuous life, you need to be deliberate and plan ahead.


Read more:
Why light can help us stop bad habits


Read more:
Why the morning can be the best time for meditation

Spiritual Life

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cerith Gardiner
Our favorite stories of celebrities who inspire us in daily life
Philip Kosloski
How receiving Holy Communion can drive away demons
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Pope considers what to do with pro-abortion Catholic politicians
Berthe and Marcel
Lauriane Vofo Kana
This couple has the longest marriage in France
As irmãs biológicas que se tornaram freiras no instituto Iesu Communio
Francisco Veneto
The 5 biological sisters who joined the religious life in just tw...
Philip Kosloski
Why is the feast of the Holy Cross celebrated on September 14?
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been known to f...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.