Jul 18, 2024


Matthew 11: 28-30

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Ignatian Reflection

Asking For Help

When my three children were small, we lived 500 miles from our families. Every visit, we’d arrive at the front door to our parents barely noticing us. They’d go straight to the grandkids. They couldn’t wait to get down on the floor to play with them. 

In the mornings, the aroma from the kitchen woke us. Our laundry magically appeared clean and folded in our room each afternoon. Relatives showed up to visit, each one pitching in to love on our kids. This was a time of rest for us.

Every time that I read today’s Gospel, I am reminded of those times where I had help with my children. There are still times where I get busy and harried. Before I know it, I feel overwhelmed. Then I remember that I am loved. I’m not meant to face this life alone. I just need to remember to ask for help.

Jean Heaton is a speaker, retreat and workshop leader, and the author of Helping Families Recover from Addiction: Coping, Healing & Growing with 12-Step Practices and Ignatian Spirituality, published by Loyola Press.

Ignatian Prayer

Jul 18, 2024


Lord, I know that in my weakness, I can do nothing without your help.

—Pope Francis

The Daily Examen is a prayer technique developed by St. Ignatius to help us reflect on the events of the day to discern God's presence and direction. When Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, he required the Jesuits to practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day. It's a habit that Jesuits, and many other Christians, practice to this day.

The Examen structure presented below is adapted from a technique described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. Click here for more information from our partners in ministry at Loyola Press.

Daily Examen

1. Become aware of God's presence

God, I believe that at this moment I am in your presence and you are loving me.

2. Review the day with gratitude

God, you know my needs better than I know them. Give me your light and your help to see how you have been with me, both yesterday and today.

3. Pay attention to your emotions

God, help me to be grateful for the moments when people have affirmed me and challenged me. Help me to see how I have responded, and whether I have been kind to others and open to growth.

4. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it

God, forgive me for when I have not done my best or have failed to treat others well. Encourage me, guide me, and continue to bless me.

5. Look toward tomorrow

As I look to the remainder of this day, make me aware that you are with me. Show me how to be the person you want me to be.

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