The Catholic Church teaches that all baptized Christians share in the “common” priesthood of Christ. Although not as formal as the “ministerial” priesthood, which is limited to men who have received the Sacrament of Holy Orders, both priesthoods involve offering sacrifices to God The Father. As members of God’s priestly people, the laity are able to offer their daily activities as a spiritual offering. One of the simplest and most effective ways to accomplish this is by praying The Morning Offering upon waking:
through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I offer You my prayers, works,
joys and sufferings
of this day for all the intentions
of Your Sacred Heart,
in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
throughout the world,
in reparation for my sins,
for the intentions of all my relatives and friends,
and in particular
for the intentions of the Holy Father.
This simple prayer turns your entire day into a sacrificial offering to God The Father and unites it with the priestly sacrifice of His Son.
Pretty cool, isn’t it?