Listening for God
Advent Daily Examen
Week 3

 

 

The Third Week of Advent
December 11th – December 17th

 


Friday, December 17th:

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

Before we leave the wilderness, let us make some resolutions about our spiritual lives.

Living a life that is open, unrestrained, and free, ready to receive whatever comes.

With God at your side, will you stay open to what you can neither control nor foresee; the possibility of something new?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Ask for the grace to see your day through God’s eyes.

Rest in this spirit of joy, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day?

Where did you bring light and joy to others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short and give into indifference or darkness?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a moment of clarity or tremendous joy.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to bring to mind one way to grow in sensitivity to the needs of those around us.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
when I place my trust in you, anything is possible.

 


 

Thursday, December 16th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

In the wilderness we can see the beauty of creation. We have not lived as good stewards of our common home.

God’s redeeming presence is itching to break into our hearts to re-create the world as God intended.

How can you work together for the common good of the earth, our common home?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Ask for the grace to see your day through God’s eyes.

Rest in this spirit of joy, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day?

Where did you bring light and joy to others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short and give into indifference or darkness?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a moment of clarity or tremendous joy.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to bring to mind one way to grow in sensitivity to the needs of those around us.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me to make choices that help restore the earth and its people.

 


Wednesday, December 15th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

As Christmas approaches, some people dread the loneliness, or suffering the pain of broken relationships brings.

The distance from loved ones is intensified by viewing the joyful companionship and family gatherings of those around them.

How can you help meet this challenge of great hospitality with those around you?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Ask for the grace to see your day through God’s eyes.

Rest in this spirit of joy, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day?

Where did you bring light and joy to others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short and give into indifference or darkness?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a moment of clarity or tremendous joy.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to bring to mind one way to grow in sensitivity to the needs of those around us.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me to be attentive to those in pain, meeting them with the joy you bring.

 


Tuesday, December 14th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

God will surely come to you today, as God does every day, in the smile of a stranger, the giggle of a child, or the opening of a door.

Recall a time in which God’s mystery was revealed to you in a flash, a moment of insight, awareness, or illumination.

How can you be a glimmer of joy to those around you?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Ask for the grace to see your day through God’s eyes.

Rest in this spirit of joy, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day?

Where did you bring light and joy to others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short and give into indifference or darkness?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a moment of clarity or tremendous joy.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to bring to mind one way to grow in sensitivity to the needs of those around us.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me to know my true worth and the worth of those around me.

 


Monday, December 13th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

As we continue to do the work needed in the wilderness, we become aware of our own clutter of self-concerns and materialism that can suffocate our practical love for our sisters and brothers

The person we want to become sometimes doesn’t match who we are becoming.

How can resting in joy help you to live a more purposeful life?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Ask for the grace to see your day through God’s eyes.

Rest in this spirit of joy, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day?

Where did you bring light and joy to others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short and give into indifference or darkness?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a moment of clarity or tremendous joy.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to bring to mind one way to grow in sensitivity to the needs of those around us.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me to live my life in service to others.

 


Sunday, December 12th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

John the Baptist asks us to be sensitive to the wilderness of poverty around and among us. Responding by clothing the needy and sharing food with the hungry.

We have become consumers, of things, people, religion, and life.

How can you restore your gratitude for the many gifts you have been given to make sure there is enough for everyone?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Ask for the grace to see your day through God’s eyes.

Rest in this spirit of joy, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day?

Where did you bring light and joy to others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short and give into indifference or darkness?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a moment of clarity or tremendous joy.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to bring to mind one way to grow in sensitivity to the needs of those around us.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me to make substantial changes to awaken joy and animate charity on this path to holiness.

 


Saturday, December 11th

 

 

Prepare Yourself

Find a comfortable space where you will not be disturbed.

Close your eyes and begin to breathe deeply, taking a moment to set aside any distractions.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you things from the past day, the people you met, the work you did, and the conversations you had.

Pay attention to any strong feelings or emotions, both positive and negative, as we reflect.

 

Reflect

We who live in the mainstream are often blind to the sacred dignity of those on the margins. We carelessly apply labels, stereotypes, and expectations that diminish others.

Emmanuel comes to us in the most unlikely circumstances and defies all of our tidy expectations.

How can you lift up those feeling pain and loneliness and restore the joy of God-with-us?

 

Give Thanks.

Think of the blessings in your life over the past day. Take as much time as you need.

Ask for the grace to see your day through God’s eyes.

Rest in this spirit of joy, let it fill your heart.

Now, thank God for these blessings.

 

Reflect on the day.

Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what went well during your day?

Where did you bring light and joy to others?

Listen.

What didn’t go well?

Where did you fall short and give into indifference or darkness?

Listen.

Ask the Holy Spirit to help you be aware of what needs attention.

 

Find God.

Where did you see God in your day?

Think over the many details, God’s presence can feel like a moment of clarity or tremendous joy.

 

Where is God calling me to go?

Ask God to bring to mind one way to grow in sensitivity to the needs of those around us.

Listen.

 

Prayer

Loving God,
help me to love those we cast aside.

 


 

 

 

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