DAY OF RECOLLECTION | September (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: 1 Thessalonians 4
- Recommended Reading:
Is it Pointless?: On Interior Struggle and Determination | Fr. John Henry Hanson, O. Praem
IV. Reflect on the examination of conscience questions for this month:
- “While he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion on him, and ran and embraced him and kiss him” (Luke 15:20). Do I see confession as a trusting encounter with God’s goodness? Do I demonstrate, by word and example, what a great source of happiness this sacrament is?
- “You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone” (Jas 2:24). Do I try to respond to divine grace? Is my love for Christ expressed in deeds? Do I examine my conscience daily to see how to fulfill God’s will throughout the day?
- Do I struggle to act for the love of God, or do I seek my own satisfaction or others’ recognition? Do I give too much importance to setbacks in the interior life?
- “Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother…” (John 19:25). Do I entrust to Mary, teacher of the hidden and silent sacrifice, the difficulties that crop up in my life?
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.