LITURGY of the HEART
DAILY EXAM OF CONSCIOUS

Fr Rodney Kissinger, S.J

Table of Contents

PRAYER

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

THE PSALMS

THE OUR FATHER

THE ROSARY

THE LORD'S MEDITATION

LITURGY OF THE HEART

LECTO DIVINA

PRAYER OF SUFFERING

PRAYER OF THANKS

SHARED PRAYER

DAILY EXAM OF CONSCIOUS

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God is Transcendent, God is Immanent and God is Transparent in our lives. “In him we live and move and have our being.” “Today if you hear his voice, harden not your heart.”
One of the greatest helps in the spiritual life, one recommended highly by Ignatius, is a daily “instant replay” of the day. Each evening before we go to sleep we replay the events of our day. The experience of God is mediated to us through these events. This experience of God is the very heart and center of religion, supplying as it does the basis, the infrastructure, of faith. Experience and faith must intersect if our faith is to be real. This is not search for perfection (perfectionism) but for how God is uniquely and intimately drawing me to become this unique person he created me to be.

1) PRAYER FOR ENLIGHTENMENT I ask the Holy Spirit to reveal his workings in me and reveal to me the mystery of myself. I ask for the grace to see myself as God sees me, that is, as I really am. I ask to be able to recognize the working of the Holy Spirit not only in the strong winds of Pentecost but especially in the gentle breezes of the present moment.


2) THANKSGIVING The way to love is through gratitude. From gratitude for the gifts we grow in the love of the Giver. I started out at zero, zip, nada. What am I anyway but a conglomeration of the gifts of God? “What do I have that I have not received?” I thank God specifically for the gift of this day and for all the gifts that have come to me today.


3) REVIEW OF THE DAY (Instant Replay) I review the events of the day. On arising, did I say, “Good God! Morning” or “Good morning! God?” I listen to my life to see how God has been working in me, in my interior moods, feelings and urgings. What was my reaction to these events? Was I challenged, frightened, inspired? What is God asking of me? Did anyone or anything cause me to lose my peace? Why? Did I have some quiet time alone with the Lord?


4) CONTRITION AND SORROW “Lord, Jesus Christ, have mercy on me a sinner.” Our weakness makes us realize the fidelity of the love of God. With Paul we realize that when we are weak we are strong. I am a sinner but still called to be a companion of Jesus.


5) RESOLUTION FOR THE FUTURE We look to the future with hope, with Christian hope that gives us tranquility without tranquilizers. We forsee the possible dangers but we know that they are also opportunities. Without God I can do nothing. But with God I can do anything He wants me to do. (I = We = mostly Thee.)

 

     
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