Inner Peace in Divine Love Retreat
Week Three – Love at work
Ex. 15 – Reconciliation Examen
1. I Give Thanks
After reading the prayer texts, I stand for a few minutes before the Father, as son or daughter, and feel his compassion as he puts his arms around me. I sift the month, with gratitude, for times I have received or given forgiveness.
2. I ask for help
I ask the Spirit to intercede for me with sighs too deep for words.
3. I review
I move through the last month, day by day:
1. Before the Father of mercies, I recall if I have rejected or withheld love.
2. In the light of the Lord’s forgiveness, I sift my thoughts, words and actions.
3. With the Spirit, I examine the general direction of my life—my true self.
4. I explore one social structure I belong to, discerning good from the unjust.
5. I bring to Jesus any sin or sinful pattern that has real and deadly consequences in my life.
4. I respond
I enter the mystery of the Trinity’s reconciling and forgiving love. I humbly express my sorrow for what was revealed above, and ask for forgiveness.
5. I resolve
I resolve to take one or more of the following paths to reconciliation:
1. To adjust my lifestyle or work, see a counselor or spiritual director, or deepen my personal, family and church relationships so that the Lord may forgive and reconcile me through them.
2. To bring where I need forgiveness to Jesus, and to call on his merciful love.
3. To take any needed reconciling action, for myself or others I have hurt.
4. To receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation, now and monthly if possible.
5. To make, as envoy for Christ, one small act of reconciliation next month.
Texts that speak to Reconciliation
Jesus said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave me no water for my feet, but she has bathed my feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. You gave me no kiss, but from the time I came in she has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not anoint my head with oil, but she has anointed my feet with ointment. Therefore, I tell you, her sins, which were many, have been forgiven; hence she has shown great love. . . .” Then he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven. . . . Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
The tax collector, standing far off, would not even look up to heaven, but was beating his breast and saying, “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!”
If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.
(2 Cor 5:17–18)
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Lament and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy into dejection. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
Suggested Prayer time: As needed.
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