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: Luke 2:41-51
  • Recommended Reading: Saint Josemaria and the Role of Saint Joseph in Christian Life (Read Online)

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

  • When I read Scriptures, do I know how to listen to him and learn about him? Do I tell him of my hopes and desires, my joys and sorrows, my mistakes, and of my gratitude for everything good and beautiful? In a word, do I strive to keep God at the center of my life?
  • Do I go to confession with humility, even though I often have to struggle against and accuse myself of the same mistakes? Do I remind myself that a lack of sincerity makes absolutely no sense since I am confessing my sins to Christ himself? Do I face up to my sins, confessing them simply and briefly, without trying to justify myself?
  • After receiving absolution, am I more disposed to forgive others? Does recognizing my own wretchedness help me to grow in my understanding of others?
  • “When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Matt 1:24). Following Joseph’s example, do I seek in prayer the answers to the problems I face? Do I take into account the advice of the people who love me? When I have reached a decision in the presence of God, do I then carry it out, trusting in God’s help?

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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