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Jas 1: 1-11

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.

My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. 

But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. 

For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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What we receive from the Lord

James cautions against doubt and testing. The Pharisees seemed to exasperate Jesus with their questions and agendas. Yikes! How often, if I am speaking to God honestly, does doubt surface in me?  “I’ll give you my all, God, except I really need this to work out my way so I’ll just….”

I recall a core maxim of Ignatian spirituality: to see God in all things.  But I can zip through the day harried and oblivious to what God has given that day, even my very breath and heartbeat.   But St. Ignatius has a brilliant plan: the Examen. At day’s end, and perhaps at midday, he suggests reviewing the day with gratitude, recalling specific events.   What am I grateful for? What do I regret? What do I want to savor? And…. what do I ask of God? In doing this, I have been gifted with a growing relationship of love and trust.

—Donna K. Becher, M.S.  is an associate spiritual director intern at the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality, Charleston, West Virginia.  Her training is rooted in the Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

 


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Prayer

Lord, grant that I may see you more clearly,
love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (Spiritual Exercises #104)


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February 17, 2020

Scripture

Jas 1: 1-11

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.

My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. 

But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; for the doubter, being double-minded and unstable in every way, must not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Let the believer who is lowly boast in being raised up, and the rich in being brought low, because the rich will disappear like a flower in the field. 

For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the field; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. It is the same way with the rich; in the midst of a busy life, they will wither away.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Ignatian Reflection

What we receive from the Lord

James cautions against doubt and testing. The Pharisees seemed to exasperate Jesus with their questions and agendas. Yikes! How often, if I am speaking to God honestly, does doubt surface in me?  “I’ll give you my all, God, except I really need this to work out my way so I’ll just….”

I recall a core maxim of Ignatian spirituality: to see God in all things.  But I can zip through the day harried and oblivious to what God has given that day, even my very breath and heartbeat.   But St. Ignatius has a brilliant plan: the Examen. At day’s end, and perhaps at midday, he suggests reviewing the day with gratitude, recalling specific events.   What am I grateful for? What do I regret? What do I want to savor? And…. what do I ask of God? In doing this, I have been gifted with a growing relationship of love and trust.

—Donna K. Becher, M.S.  is an associate spiritual director intern at the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality, Charleston, West Virginia.  Her training is rooted in the Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

 


Prayer

Lord, grant that I may see you more clearly,
love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly,
day by day.

St. Ignatius of Loyola (Spiritual Exercises #104)

DAILY EXAMEN

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God’s presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It’s a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God’s presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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