DAY OF RECOLLECTION | April (Year B)

A monthly Day of Recollection is a time set aside specifically for a Christian to seriously go deeper into his or her relationship with God. It is an opportunity to spend a couple of hours in prayer and conversation with God guided by meditation, spiritual reading, and an examination of conscience.

Following are a guide and resources from the St. Josemaria Institute to plan and make your own day of recollection this month:

I.   To begin, download the Guide for Making a Day of Recollection (View/Download PDF).

II.  Listen online or download the meditation; or, read the meditation transcript (View/Download PDF):

III. Take time for silent prayer and spiritual reading:

  • Pray the Holy Rosary
  • Read and reflect on Scripture: John 20: 19-31
  • Recommended Reading: Abiding Presence: Christ our Eucharistic Refuge (Read Online)

IV. Reflect on the examination of conscience questions for this month:

  • Do I appreciate that Jesus Christ has stayed behind in the Eucharist out of love for us? Do I go therefore before the tabernacle insisting, like the disciples of Emmaus, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent” (Luke 24:29)?
  • Do I show my faith in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, adoring him by genuflecting, kneeling to pray, greeting him with a few brief words, and staying recollected? Do I try to teach members of my family and friends to act in the same way?
  • Am I convinced that in order to spread peace and joy to those around me I need this continual conversation with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament? How much do I ask him to help my spouse, my children, relatives, friends and fellow workers?

Act of Contrition: O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.

V. Conclude your time of prayer:

Make two or three concrete resolutions that you can give Our Lord for the month. Remember that the resolutions and themes from this time of prayer are meant to guide and accompany you throughout the month.

You may also want to download and use our Monthly Planner to write your resolutions, prayer intentions, daily plan of prayer, and special dates for the month. Then, once a week during the month, perhaps on Sunday, review your notes and monthly planner to refresh and remind yourself of the prayerful fruits and inspirations from your time with God.

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