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: Matthew 6:1-18
  • Recommended Reading:
“The Holy Mass in the Christian’s Life” (Read Online)

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

  • “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes” (1 Cor 11:26). Do I realize that the Mass makes present the sacrifice of Calvary and that it reconciles with God those who accept his offer of salvation? Do I prepare to receive him by going first to the sacrament of Reconciliation as often as necessary? In church, do I try to be recollected in prayer before Mass begins?
  • Do I spend some time with God in thanksgiving after receiving him in the Eucharist? When I receive Jesus in Communion, do I turn to him as King, Physician, Teacher, and Friend, as St. Josemaría advised? Do I put all my joys, sorrows, and difficulties into his hands, uniting them to his sacrifice?
  • The earliest disciples “devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and the prayers” (Acts 2:42). Do I do whatever I can to get the whole family to attend Mass? Do I pray at Mass for the Church, the Pope and the bishops, for my family and my friends?
  • What do I plan to offer to God during Lent? Couldn’t I be more generous with my time and money? Do I set goals in order to grow in apostolic zeal in my ordinary daily life and in work among my professional colleagues?

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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