As summer is now upon us, I hope that many of you will have the opportunity to take some time for rest and relaxation. If you find yourself travelling, don’t forget to plan ahead about finding a place to go for Mass. A great website to help you with this is www.masstimes.org.
A great type of prayer that you might consider trying is something called the Examen Prayer. It is a prayer developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola that is intended to help us review the past (hours, day, etc.) in order to help us to be aware of how God has revealed himself to me. It also helps me to become more aware of how I have or have not been aware of God’s presence to me at particular times of the day. It involves being grateful for the blessings received, reviewing our day (or part of the day) and repenting of any mistakes or failures while resolving to do better in the day ahead. St. Ignatius encouraged his Jesuits in the missions to pray this way. In fact, he saw this as fundamental to their busy lives in the missions. Perhaps we can see it as fundamental in our busy lives.
An aid to this prayer is a wonderful app called “Reimagining the Examen.” It gives a brief description of this prayer but also guides the user through the prayer with different themes to help them. It is based on the book of the same title: Reimagining the Examen by Fr. Mark Thibodeaux, SJ (in case you’re not into the technology, but still would like to try it).