9 March 2021

 

The Katharine Konnection

Dear Friends in Christ,

As you may have heard already, our parish is focusing on the use of the “Daily Examen” as a way to deepen the experience of Lent.  One of the greatest mystics of all time, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, believed that the prayer exercise called the “Examen” should be the most important quarter-hour of a person’s day—and yet I would say most Christians have never even heard of it.  In the Examen (as St. Ignatius described it), we review our recent past to find God and God’s blessings in daily life.  We also look back to find moments in the day when things didn’t go so well—when we were hurt by something that happened to us, or when we sinned or made a mistake.  We give praise and thanksgiving for the blessed moments—and ask forgiveness and healing for the difficult and painful moments.

Having reflected on the day, we then turn to the day that is coming, and ask God to show us the potential challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.  We try to anticipate which moments might go one way or the other for us— towards God’s plan or away from it.  We ask for insight into what graces we might need to live this next day well– for example, patience, wisdom, fortitude, self-knowledge, peace, optimism.  We ask God for that grace, and we trust that he wants us to succeed in our day even more than we do!  St. Ignatius would say that this fifteen minutes for the Examen should be the most important moment of our day… because this moment affects every other moment.

In case you weren’t able to participate in our recent Lenten mini-retreat,  I wanted to share this video below to help you in making this fifteen minutes the most important moment of your day.  May Lent this year may continue to enable spiritual growth and blessing in your life!

Sincerely,

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Rev. Keith W. Boisvert

Pastor


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