I ask for the Grace…

“I ask for the grace to imagine a future that excites me and draws me toward it.” ***

In what sense do I not have this grace already?

How much do I really want this grace?

How much do I believe that only God can give me this grace?

***This grace was provided by “Moved to Greater Love”, a Lenten prayer experience guided by the Jesuits.  To sign up for their emails during the Lenten season, click onto the grace and it will link you to their site. 

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Joy.

  Know you are in the holy presence of God.  Tell God about what is going on with you right now–how you are feeling physically, emotionally.   Ask God to show you what he’d like you to see in this prayer.

  Gratitude.  Spend some time looking over your day with gratitude for God’s gifts.  What are you grateful for today?  What gave you an experience of joy?  Enjoy.  Thank God with your heart.

  Review Your Day. Recall the movements of your day. Play through the scenes in your head… like watching a DVD. Notice the changing of your emotions, moods. Notice where there was true joy, and where there was not.

 Contrition.  Think of times when you acted against God’s work in your heart.  Where was there a lacking of honesty and courage to do something God was drawing you to?  Was there an invitation to forgiveness, mercy, or love that you didn’t respond to?  (This contrition and sorrow is not a shame nor a depression at our weakness but a faith experience as we grow in our realization of our dear God’s awesome desire that we love with every ounce of our being. *)Tell God about these.  Mention how it feels to notice these. Offer an apology.

  Look forward to the future. Tell God about what you have coming up.  Have a heart to heart talk with Jesus. What do you need from God? With what do you need God’s help?  With whom do you need God’s help? What else do you need?  Tell God about anything and everything that comes to mind.  **

Conclude with an “Our Father.”

* – Resources from http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/consciousness-examen/

**Saint Paul in this whole passage from the Letter to the Philippians (3:7–14) expresses well the spirit of this conclusion of the formal examen: “I leave the past behind and with hands outstretched to whatever lies ahead I go straight for the goal.” (3:13–14) – See more at: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/consciousness-examen/#sthash.osxypj1j.dpuf

Another Advent Examen can be found by clicking here.

Peace.

  Know you are in the holy presence of God.  Where are you?  How are you feeling? God is always with you. How do you feel about that? Be honest. Ask God to show you what he’d like you to see in this prayer.

  Gratitude.  Spend some time looking over your day with gratitude for God’s gifts.  Where did you feel peace today?  When did you feel peace today? Through whom have you encountered peace today?  Where were you able to offer peace?  When were you able to offer peace?  To whom were you able to offer peace?  Pause to thank God for all that comes to mind (and maybe some that doesn’t).

  Review Your Day.
Recall the movements of your day. Play through the scenes in your head… like watching a DVD. Notice the changing of your moods. Notice where there was peace, and where there was not.

 Notice Failings.
Where did you not feel your best?  Where did you feel that you turned away from peace?  Did you have motives that weren’t peaceful?  Was there a moment or a situation that you chose not to love, you went against peace, where you failed to offer peace to others? Did you fail to be peaceful with yourself? Tell God about these.  Mention how it feels to notice these. Offer an apology.

  Look forward to the future. Tell God about what you have coming up in the coming hours, or in the following day (or days, etc.).  Have a heart to heart talk with Jesus. What do you need from God? Where do you need God’s help with peace?  Where do you need God’s help to act in peace?  Where do you need God’s help to be at peace? Where do you need help to be peaceful to yourself?  Tell God about anything and everything that comes to mind.

Conclude with an “Our Father.”

…”in the Hebrew language ‘shalom'(peace, and the peace that Jesus would have talked about) is not just the mere cessation of hostilities.  It is a positive thing–the achievement of the highest good for everyone, a kind of flourishing.  So we are called not just to cease our hatred, but to love, actively, and work for the good of all, to work for a just world in which all can flourish.” —Fr. James Martin

***Note:  I have been praying for years with the help of the Daily Examen prayer and have combined the wisdom of many versions within this version.  The following are sites that offer this prayer: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/  or http://norprov.org/spirituality/ignatianprayer.htm

Peace be with You.

An Examen. Hope.

Know You are in the Holy Presence of God.

Ask God to show you what He’d like you to see.

Gratitude.
Recall the hope that you are grateful for.
Where did you feel hope today? What were you doing when you felt hope? Notice what comes to mind. Through whom have you encountered hope? Where were you able to give hope? Whatever resonates in your heart today, notice. Be grateful. Thank God. Rest in your gratitude with God.

Review Your Day.
Recall the movements of your day. Play through the scenes in your head… like watching a DVD. Notice the changing of your moods. Notice where there was hope, and where there was not.

Notice Failings.
Where did you feel a lack of hope? When was your heart going away from God instead of working with God? Where did you lack hope for yourself, or fail to offer hope to others? Tell God about these. Tell God about how it feels to notice these. Offer an apology.

Look forward to the future.
Tell God about what you have coming up in the coming hours, or in the following day (or days, etc.). What do you need from God? Where do you need God’s help with hope? Where do you need God’s help to give hope? Tell God about anything and everything that comes to mind.

Say an “Our Father.”