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Prayer

Daily Examen

Thanksgiving: 
What am I especially grateful for in the past day?  The gift of another day? The love and support I have received? The courage I have mustered? An event that took place today?

Petition: 
I am about to review my day; I ask for the light to know God and to know myself as God sees me.

Review: 
Where have I felt true joy today? What has troubled me today? What has challenged me today? Where and when did I pause today? Have I noticed God’s presence in any of this?

Response: 
In light of my review, what is my response to the God of my life?

A Look Ahead 
As I look ahead, what comes to mind? With what spirit do I want to enter tomorrow?

Center for Mission and Identity, Xavier University

 

 


Prayer

O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others
Open my ears that I may hear their cries;
Open my heart so that they need not be without succor;
Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong,
Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
And use me to bring them to those places.
And so open my eyes and my ears
That I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for thee. Amen.

—Alan Paton

 


Prayer

Lord Jesus, during your earthly ministry you ate and drank with friends and strangers alike, nourishing their bodies as you nourished their souls.  Help us to care for the physical needs of our brothers and sisters as we strive to grow closer to you.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


Prayer

All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding his life we find that he is the best example. What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who truly loves him and always keeps him near.

—St. Teresa of Avila

 

 

 


Prayer

In every good decision, insofar as it depends on us, the eye of our intention ought to be single. I ought to focus only on the purpose for which I am created, to praise God our Lord and to save my soul. Accordingly, anything whatsoever that I decide ought to be chosen as an aid toward that end.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola

 

 


Prayer

Lord Jesus, you ate with tax collectors and sinners, offering your companionship as an entrypoint into a relationship with you.  Help us to be present to those around us who may feel like outcasts, offering them what they need instead of what others may say they deserve.  May we follow your example in all that we do.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 


Prayer

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

—Excerpt from a prayer by Thomas Merton

 

 

 


Prayer

Wash Me with Your Precious Blood

See, O merciful God, what return 
I, your thankless servant, have made 
for the innumerable favors 
and the wonderful love you have shown me! 
What wrongs I have done, what good left undone! 
Wash away, I beg you, these faults and stains 
with your precious blood, most kind Redeemer, 
and make up for my poverty by applying your merits. 
Give me the protection I need to amend my life. 
I give and surrender myself wholly to you, 
and offer you all I possess, 
with the prayer that you bestow your grace on me, 
so that I may be able to devote and employ 
all the thinking power of my mind 
and the strength of my body in your holy service, 
who are God blessed for ever and ever. 
Amen.

—St. Peter Canisius, SJ, as edited by Michael Harter, SJ, in Hearts on Fire, published by Loyola Press.

 

 

 


Prayer

Jesus, I place my life in Your hands. 
I give You my mind, my thoughts, my desires;
I give You my heart and all whom I hold dearest;
I give You my actions and the work of my hands today.
Increase my trust and hope in You. Amen.

—Rachel Forton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Lord God, help us to listen to the small voice inviting us to grow in our relationship with you.  As we discern the next right step in our lives, quiet the voice of fear that leads us away from you.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Prayer

Daily Examen

Thanksgiving: 
What am I especially grateful for in the past day?  The gift of another day? The love and support I have received? The courage I have mustered? An event that took place today?

Petition: 
I am about to review my day; I ask for the light to know God and to know myself as God sees me.

Review: 
Where have I felt true joy today? What has troubled me today? What has challenged me today? Where and when did I pause today? Have I noticed God’s presence in any of this?

Response: 
In light of my review, what is my response to the God of my life?

A Look Ahead 
As I look ahead, what comes to mind? With what spirit do I want to enter tomorrow?

Center for Mission and Identity, Xavier University

 

 


Prayer

O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the needs of others
Open my ears that I may hear their cries;
Open my heart so that they need not be without succor;
Let me not be afraid to defend the weak because of the anger of the strong,
Nor afraid to defend the poor because of the anger of the rich.
Show me where love and hope and faith are needed,
And use me to bring them to those places.
And so open my eyes and my ears
That I may this coming day be able to do some work of peace for thee. Amen.

—Alan Paton

 


Prayer

Lord Jesus, during your earthly ministry you ate and drank with friends and strangers alike, nourishing their bodies as you nourished their souls.  Help us to care for the physical needs of our brothers and sisters as we strive to grow closer to you.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 


Prayer

All blessings come to us through our Lord. He will teach us, for in beholding his life we find that he is the best example. What more do we desire from such a good friend at our side? Unlike our friends in the world, he will never abandon us when we are troubled or distressed. Blessed is the one who truly loves him and always keeps him near.

—St. Teresa of Avila

 

 

 


Prayer

In every good decision, insofar as it depends on us, the eye of our intention ought to be single. I ought to focus only on the purpose for which I am created, to praise God our Lord and to save my soul. Accordingly, anything whatsoever that I decide ought to be chosen as an aid toward that end.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola

 

 


Prayer

Lord Jesus, you ate with tax collectors and sinners, offering your companionship as an entrypoint into a relationship with you.  Help us to be present to those around us who may feel like outcasts, offering them what they need instead of what others may say they deserve.  May we follow your example in all that we do.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 


Prayer

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

—Excerpt from a prayer by Thomas Merton

 

 

 


Prayer

Wash Me with Your Precious Blood

See, O merciful God, what return 
I, your thankless servant, have made 
for the innumerable favors 
and the wonderful love you have shown me! 
What wrongs I have done, what good left undone! 
Wash away, I beg you, these faults and stains 
with your precious blood, most kind Redeemer, 
and make up for my poverty by applying your merits. 
Give me the protection I need to amend my life. 
I give and surrender myself wholly to you, 
and offer you all I possess, 
with the prayer that you bestow your grace on me, 
so that I may be able to devote and employ 
all the thinking power of my mind 
and the strength of my body in your holy service, 
who are God blessed for ever and ever. 
Amen.

—St. Peter Canisius, SJ, as edited by Michael Harter, SJ, in Hearts on Fire, published by Loyola Press.

 

 

 


Prayer

Jesus, I place my life in Your hands. 
I give You my mind, my thoughts, my desires;
I give You my heart and all whom I hold dearest;
I give You my actions and the work of my hands today.
Increase my trust and hope in You. Amen.

—Rachel Forton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Lord God, help us to listen to the small voice inviting us to grow in our relationship with you.  As we discern the next right step in our lives, quiet the voice of fear that leads us away from you.

—The Jesuit Prayer team