Those are things to do and things not to do when adversity comes. But there are more remote things we can do to prepare ourselves for trials, patterns of action and attitudes which can serve to keep us in a state of readiness so that, when the inevitable hassles appear, we will be able to come through reasonably intact, and not succumb.
- We must guard the entrances to our minds. We must be careful what we allow in.
- We have to persevere with the ordered life. We have to stay with personal prayer and all the other disciplines the Lord has taught us.
- We must protect our hearts by giving them daily to the Lord.
- We have to stay in a continuing state of repentance.
- It is vital that we forgive others whenever, and as soon as, we feel we have been offended. And we must get into the habit of asking forgiveness without delay of those whom we ourselves have offended.
- We must use regularly the resources the Lord has provided for us. “Put on the armour of God,” St. Paul urges us, “so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil... with the truth as the belt around your waist, just as your breastplate, ... zeal... as your footgear, ... faith... as your shield... the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, the word of God.“ (Ephesians 6:11-17)
- We must frequent the Eucharist and other sacraments and make use of the sacramentals of the Church.
- We have a special advocate through Jesus to the Father - Mary, our mother. We can ask her assistance.
- We can ask the Lord to send angels to fight for us and watch over us.
Adversity, come though it must, is not meant to bring us down. The Lord will see us through if we are faithful to him. It has something to do with picking up the daily cross. Jesus reminds us: “I any man wishes to become my disciple, he must take up his cross every day and follow along after me.” (Luke 9:23)