- "Reading and studying the classical literature of spirituality, which is the way to stretch our spiritual muscles.
- Going on retreat at least once a year.
- Being committed to some mode of service in our familial and faith community and remembering that the test of contemplation is the charity that flows from it.
- Not letting the ups and downs of daily life discourage us and trusting that all shall be well.
- Scheduling the spiritual disciplines of reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation into our day.
- Training ourselves to accept the unfolding of God's providential plan in the circumstances of our life.
- Remaining convinced that there is a reason for everything and that embedded in every obstacle is a formation opportunity.
- Maintaining a balance of body, mind, and spirit, and trying our best to live a healthy human and Christian life.
- Practicing mental prayer and recollection as if we were 'standing back from the whirl of the earth, and observing the process of things'
- Living in humility, so that rather than boasting of any success we may have, we remember to thank God for any good we might do."
A Feast for Hungry Souls Spiritual Lessons from the Church's Greatest Masters and Mystics
Evelyn Underhill's list of the marks of Christian maturity.