This week we will celebrate the Fourth of July, Independence Day. We can only become an even greater nation if we work on ourselves daily. More talented, aware, honest and God-like people create a better nation. Ignatian spirituality recommends that we end each day with an Examen — a look at where we found God in our day and where we missed Him. There is a website entitled, “God in All Things” that I highly recommend to help us focus our day on God in just 6 easy minutes. Here is a prayer they recently used and which I hope you find helpful. It will help to make you a better person.
I find myself at the beginning of another day.
I do not know what it will bring.
Please help me to be ready for whatever it may be.
If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.
If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.
If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.
If I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
I pray just for today, for these twenty-four hours,
for the ability to cooperate with others according to the way Jesus taught us to live.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
May these words that he taught us become more than words.
Please free my thinking and feelings and the thinking and feelings of others,
from all forms of self-will, self-centeredness, dishonesty, and deception.
Along with my brothers and sisters,
I need this freedom to make my choices today according to your desires.
Send your Spirit to inspire me in time of doubt and indecision so that, together, we can walk along your path. Amen.