God’s constant activity is visible only to the eyes of faith
Quote of the Day
Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards!
— Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 3
Prayer of the Day
Outline for Making an Evening Examen
The Examen Prayer: Ignatian Wisdom for Our Lives Today by Fr Timothy M. Gallagher
I become aware of the love with which God looks upon me as I begin this examen.
Step one: Gratitude
I note the gifts that God’s love has given me this day, and I give thanks to God for them.
Step two: Petition
I ask God for an insight and a strength that will make this examen a work of grace, fruitful beyond my human capacity alone.
Step three: Review
With my God, I review the day. I look for the stirrings in my heart and the thoughts that God has given me this day. I look also for those that have not been of God. I review my choices in response to both, and throughout the day in general.
- Do I have expectations about the way God will act in my life?
- Where was God in all of this today? Did I receive any spiritual consolations? Did I experience any spiritual desolation? If yes, did I allow it to change my spiritual proposals?
- Toward what was God calling me in the day? How did I respond to this call?
- Did I experience inclinations and thoughts that were not of God? If yes, was I able to resist them?
- Was the use of my freedom in accord with God’s loving desire for me today?
- What habits do I need to examine more closely and change?
Step four: Forgiveness
I ask for the healing touch of the forgiving God who, with love and respect for me, removes my heart’s burdens.
Step five: Renewal
I look to the following day and, with God, plan concretely how to live it in accord with God’s loving desire for my life.
Aware of God’s presence with me, I prayerfully conclude the examen.
Learn How to Respond More Fully to God
- Listen The daily prayer of discernment podcast series (Discerning Hearts)
- Exercise The Spiritual Exercises
- Read St Ignatius’ 14 Rules for Living the Discerning Life
Questions of the Day
Living With Spiritual Eyes Open: from grace to grace
- What gifts did God give me today? Am I thankful?
- In what ways did the Holy Spirit inspire me or prompt me?
- How was I faithful to God this day?
- Where did I fail to be faithful to God’s leading and will this day?
- When was I discouraged?
- When did I have spiritual encouragement?
- How can I be more sensitive to God’s grace tomorrow?