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Prayer

Daily Examen

Step 1: God, I believe at this quiet moment that I am in Your presence and You are now loving me.  Come Holy Spirit.

Step 2: God, I acknowledge your love for me in the various gifts for which I am very grateful. Thanks be to God.

Step 3: God, help me now to review the events of this day in order to recognize you in all parts of my life. Lord, I want to see.

Step 4: God, please forgive the times I have fallen short, and strengthen my attempts to follow you.  Lord have mercy.

Step 5: God, enlighten me so that my future choices praise, reverence, and serve You above all else. Show me Your way.

Conclude with an Our Father

—A Daily Examen, click here for a downloadable prayer card

 

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Look into the eyes of the crucified Christ and ask him: What have I done for you? What am I doing for you? What ought I do for you?

—Modified from the Spiritual Exercises (paragraph 53).

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Keep me safe, O God;
in you I take refuge.
I say to the LORD,
you are my Lord,
you are my only good.

I keep the LORD always before me;
with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices;
my body also dwells secure,
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
nor let your devout one see the pit.

You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.

—Ps 16: 1-2, 8-11

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Lord Jesus, we are often impatient and want immediate results, whether it is finding out a test result, waiting for someone to text us back, or wanting an answer to a prayer.  Grant us patience to wait for your perfect time in all things, and peace and comfort in times of anxiety. Like the blind man of Bethsaida, may we be willing to wait for the fullness of your work in our lives to be revealed.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to look for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your holy will.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola

  

 

 


Prayer

Lord Jesus, you know our emotions because you experienced them, and you understand the frustration we feel at times.  Grant us patience, with ourselves and with others, and help us to know the right way to act when we encounter those to test our limits.  May we use these encounters as opportunities to grow closer to you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 


Prayer

It’s you I like,
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair
But it’s you I like
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys
They’re just beside you.
But it’s you I like
Every part of you.
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself
It’s you.
It’s you I like.

—Written by Fred M. Rogers, 1971

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Jesus, hear my prayer. If this pleases you, if my pain and suffering, my darkness and separation gives you a drop of consolation, my own Jesus do with me as you wish, as long as you wish, without a single glance at my feelings and pain. I am your own. Imprint on my soul and life the sufferings of your heart. Don’t mind my feelings; don’t mind even my pain, if my suffering separation from you brings others to you, and in their love and company you find joy and pleasure.

—St. Teresa of Calcutta in a letter to Jesus, from Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light

 

 

 


Prayer

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Lord, help me to see where I can be more daring in my faith – and where I might need to be open to changing my mind. Amen.

—Catherine Heinhold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Prayer

Daily Examen

Step 1: God, I believe at this quiet moment that I am in Your presence and You are now loving me.  Come Holy Spirit.

Step 2: God, I acknowledge your love for me in the various gifts for which I am very grateful. Thanks be to God.

Step 3: God, help me now to review the events of this day in order to recognize you in all parts of my life. Lord, I want to see.

Step 4: God, please forgive the times I have fallen short, and strengthen my attempts to follow you.  Lord have mercy.

Step 5: God, enlighten me so that my future choices praise, reverence, and serve You above all else. Show me Your way.

Conclude with an Our Father

—A Daily Examen, click here for a downloadable prayer card

 

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Look into the eyes of the crucified Christ and ask him: What have I done for you? What am I doing for you? What ought I do for you?

—Modified from the Spiritual Exercises (paragraph 53).

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Keep me safe, O God;
in you I take refuge.
I say to the LORD,
you are my Lord,
you are my only good.

I keep the LORD always before me;
with him at my right hand, I shall never be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad, my soul rejoices;
my body also dwells secure,
For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol,
nor let your devout one see the pit.

You will show me the path to life,
abounding joy in your presence,
the delights at your right hand forever.

—Ps 16: 1-2, 8-11

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Lord Jesus, we are often impatient and want immediate results, whether it is finding out a test result, waiting for someone to text us back, or wanting an answer to a prayer.  Grant us patience to wait for your perfect time in all things, and peace and comfort in times of anxiety. Like the blind man of Bethsaida, may we be willing to wait for the fullness of your work in our lives to be revealed.  Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Prayer for Generosity

Lord, teach me to be generous,
to serve you as you deserve,
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not to heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not to look for any reward,
save that of knowing that I do your holy will.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola

  

 

 


Prayer

Lord Jesus, you know our emotions because you experienced them, and you understand the frustration we feel at times.  Grant us patience, with ourselves and with others, and help us to know the right way to act when we encounter those to test our limits.  May we use these encounters as opportunities to grow closer to you. Amen.

—The Jesuit Prayer team

 

 

 


Prayer

It’s you I like,
It’s not the things you wear,
It’s not the way you do your hair
But it’s you I like
The way you are right now,
The way down deep inside you
Not the things that hide you,
Not your toys
They’re just beside you.
But it’s you I like
Every part of you.
Your skin, your eyes, your feelings
Whether old or new.
I hope that you’ll remember
Even when you’re feeling blue
That it’s you I like,
It’s you yourself
It’s you.
It’s you I like.

—Written by Fred M. Rogers, 1971

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Jesus, hear my prayer. If this pleases you, if my pain and suffering, my darkness and separation gives you a drop of consolation, my own Jesus do with me as you wish, as long as you wish, without a single glance at my feelings and pain. I am your own. Imprint on my soul and life the sufferings of your heart. Don’t mind my feelings; don’t mind even my pain, if my suffering separation from you brings others to you, and in their love and company you find joy and pleasure.

—St. Teresa of Calcutta in a letter to Jesus, from Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light

 

 

 


Prayer

Nothing is more practical than
finding God, than
falling in Love
in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide
what will get you out of bed in the morning,
what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

—Attributed to Pedro Arrupe, SJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Prayer

Lord, help me to see where I can be more daring in my faith – and where I might need to be open to changing my mind. Amen.

—Catherine Heinhold