Holy Hacks as Easy as 1..2..3!

Growing in holiness doesn’t have to be hard. In fact in can be quite easy. With a little creativity one can easily hack their way to holiness. If you are looking for practical ways to pursue your faith while tackling your busy life Patti Maguire Armstrong has written a book to guide you. Holy Hacks: Everyday Ways to Live Your Faith and Get to Heaven is chock full of easy to implement ideas to help.

“Holy hacks” gets its basis from the wildly popular life hack books on the market today. Hacks are essentially simple strategies that are used to manage your daily activities in more efficient ways to increase productivity. The holy hacks used in this book arms readers with tips that increase one’s “productivity “ in the spiritual realm. Holy Hacks focuses on 10 areas of various spiritual influence. They include holy hacks for humility, holy relationships, prayer, spiritual protection, evangelizing, liturgical holidays, and more.

So what are some of these hacks? Let’s use the chapter on prayer as our example. Some of the hacks included in this chapter are:

Make a prayer corner or table.

Read. The Bible, prayer books, inspirational writings, and the lives of the saints.

Pray for someone else.

Praise God. This in itself is a prayer.

Read the Psalms.

Just say the name Jesus over and over.

End your day with prayer; then go to bed on time.

Keep in mind these holy hacks can be customized to fit your own needs. As you go through the book don’t feel bad about yourself. These hacks are not meant to be an “Oh Lord! Hundreds more things I’m not doing that make me feel I adequate” moment. God has a plan in mind for each of us. As you read through the book listen. There will be gentle promptings that will nudge you in the right direction. These nudges are God revealing to each of us his custom-designed plan for us.

Look at Holy Hacks as a cookbook. “You don’t thumb through the pages feeling overwhelmed because you don’t have time to make every recipe. Instead, you find things that grab your attention, things that you would like to make.” So it is with Holy Hacks and it is the great thing with this book. Find one of the sections you wish to focus on and dive in. There is no need to read this book cover to cover, although you could if you wished to. One can easily return to this book often to enhance their spiritual life in areas of weakness. Little by little, bit by bit, you will soon find your spiritual life been fed with the nourishment of this book and the hacks you put into place in your life. Suffice it to say this is not a book you will put down once and walk away from. I encourage you however to pick it up the first time and journey on the hackers highway to a holy life!

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5 thoughts on “Holy Hacks as Easy as 1..2..3!”

  1. Okay, I’m late to the comments but will address the “Eek!”. The whole point of Holy Hacks is to discover ways in your life that can increase your capacity for holiness. For instance, every time you use a gift, say a prayer for that person. I have a plant that was a gift and every time I water it, I say a Hail Mary for that person. The chapter on gossip helps you wrap your mind around why you don’t want to be known as a gossip with many suggestions on how to avoid it and get out of such conversations. The one on humility gives reasons why we should seek it with concrete suggestions (some from Mother Teresa) on how to get there. The chapter on spiritual protection points outs ways such as forgiveness of others, the St. Patrick Breastplate prayer, and confession that protects you from the devil. The book is full of creative ideas to fill your life with more love of God and others. There simply are MANY easy things we can do to grow closer to God. And being close to God will then help us through the hard things.

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  3. Josephine Harkay

    Those six suggestions are certainly not hard to follow. But our salvation also depends how faithfully we accept all the dogmas, teachings, rules and regulations of the Catholic Church. It is not always easy to be a faithful Catholic.

  4. Greg Chrysostom

    “Growing in holiness doesn’t have to be hard. In fact in can be quite easy. With a little creativity one can easily hack their way to holiness.”

    ……..Eek. 🙂

    I think (/hope) what you mean to say is that growing in holiness doesn’t have to be COMPLICATED. It does, sort of by nature, have to be hard. To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever been canonized after, for example, just making it to Mass every Sunday for six months (or even six decades) in a row. There is a lot more involved than that, obviously.

    As Vatican II noted, in our modern world, we do tend to over complicate the path to God, Most of us could probably use the K.I.S.S. reminder (Keep It Simple, Stupid). And presumably Armstrong’s book helps with that process. But keeping things “simple” (as opposed to complicated) and keeping things “easy” (as opposed to difficult) are two very different things.

    It’s precisely because we want holiness to be easy that most of us don’t ever make it to canonization.

    1. No need to eek 😀
      My point is it’s in our human nature to fret and over-complicate things. Our goal should be a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. His goal is for that to happen. He does not throw roadblocks in front of us to trip us up…….we do that ourselves. So yes, living out our calling, becoming holy, is not an over complicated proposition if we simply do what he taught us in the Gospels. The reason the road to heaven is narrow is because we dump stones along the side of it ourselves.

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