Sabbatical Diary – Special Edition (July 31)

What are you doing here …

This is a “Special Edition” of the Dean in The D Sabbatical Diary. Today is the feast day commemorating St. Ignatius of Loyola (d. 1556). The “men for others” of U of D Jesuit High School in Detroit should know him well.

He is one of the people whose work is a part of my fellowship readings. I am particularly interested in the end of the day elements of his Spiritual Exercises.

So for the end of your day, on his day, I share with you a version of his end of the day Examen. May it serve you well, that you, too, may serve others.

Examen

Thanksgiving
Lord, I realize that all, even myself, is a gift from you.
Today, for what things am I must grateful?

Intention
Lord, open my eyes and ears to be more honest with myself.
Today, what do I really want for myself?

Examination
Lord, show me what has been happening to me and in me this day.
Today, in what ways have I experienced your love?

Contrition
Lord, I am still learning to grow in your love.
Today, what choices have been inadequate responses to your love?

Hope
Lord, let me look with longing toward the future.
Today, how will I let you lead me to a brighter tomorrow?

********  The Sabbatical Diary is published with gratitude and appreciation to the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit, Michigan for granting me sabbatical time and funding, and to the Graduate Theological Foundation, Oxford Foundation Fellowship, which made access to Oxford University for reading and research possible.