Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

February 3, 2011

Hunter Allen

Freshman, Business Management Ethics Major,
Pre-Med Track

Heb 12:18-19, 21-24
Ps 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 9, 10-11
Mk 6:7-13

We are truly blessed today to have such a beautiful Gospel reading, “The Mission of the Twelve.”  As Christians, we to this very day live by and carry on the mission and love that the first Apostles demonstrated; therefore, we can practically rephrase the title of this Gospel to “The Mission of Each of Us.”

If I told you that it is absolutely vital for us to actually think of ourselves before thinking of others—and even God—you would probably think I was crazy, pretentious, and egotistic.  But think about it again: it makes total sense to practice this notion, for the act of deeply knowing our own selves—along with our values, morals, and desires—allows us to, in turn, make the strongest and most valuable relationships with others.  We have to be fully aware of when we are in direct contact with God’s love, as well as when we struggle most in hearing his call.

St. Ignatius called this act of self-awareness the Examen; it is practiced rigorously within the Society of Jesus and those who follow Ignatian spirituality.  The Examen is a vital act for each and every one of us, no matter who we are or what our calling is.  Below is guided meditation that takes 5 minutes to complete; let us reflect on each statement and deeply search for that area in our lives.  Let us find a relaxing place, stop all that we are doing, and just give five short, simple minutes to ourselves and let God move within us.

“Love ought to show itself in deeds more than in words.”
          -St. Ignatius of Loyola

The Examen

A time to recall my presence to Christ and to others.
Lord, I ask that you abide with me wherever I am.
What gifts have I received today?
How should I give thanks for these gifts?
Christ, I ask that you open my heart so I am more aware of the needs of others.
What are some injustices that I encounter daily?
Who is affected and how does it affect them?
What could make a difference in these people’s lives?
When could I have been a better neighbor or friend today?
How could I have lent a hand to a peer in need?

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