DAY OF RECOLLECTION | December (Year A)
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: Mark 13:28-37
- Recommended Reading:
Homily on the Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (2012) | Pope Benedict XVI
IV. Reflect on the examination of conscience questions for this month:
- To learn from Christ, one has to be familiar with his life. Do I read and meditate on the Gospel daily? Do I try to enter into the Gospel story in my prayer, as one of the characters in the scene, and compare my life with his?
- Do I meditate on the years of Our Lord’s hidden life, which shed light on my own life as an ordinary Christian in the world? Do I appreciate that Jesus’ hidden toil is an invitation to live life joyfully and generously in God’s presence?
- “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47). How am I preparing for Christmas? Will I have a crib at home, in my place of work? Do I see Advent as a time of conversion, making a greater effort in little sacrifices?
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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