DAY OF RECOLLECTION | May (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 19:25-34
  • Recommended Reading: Our Lady Leads Us to the Holy Spirit (Read Online)

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

  • “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). In order to put Mary’s advice into practice do I ask her to help me always do the will of God? Do I seek Mary’s protection in all my difficulties?
  • Where I work and, in my home, do I foster a Christian environment? Is my behavior consistent with my beliefs? Am I sincere with others?
  • On Easter Sunday our Lord said to the holy women: “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see me” (Matt 28:10). Do I trust in the grace of the risen Christ for putting into practice the resolutions from this day of recollection? Do I ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to help me?

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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