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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 21, 2020

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SUNDAY, June 21                           3 Pentecost

Romans 6:4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

The Examen is a daily Jesuit self-examination designed to help those who practice it keep their priorities and passions in order. I have found that by praying it in the evenings, I am able to give my day over more fully to God.

Praying the Examen helps me come to terms with those areas in which I failed myself, my church, and my God. And it helps me to rejoice in those areas in which I allowed Christ to triumph in me. It helps me die to myself daily and rise in glory with Christ.

After I pray the Examen, I always feel like I’m “walking in newness of life.” We know we won’t get everything right in this life, but our faith isn’t about getting it right. It’s about turning back to God when we stray from the path. Walking in newness of life is a good feeling.

MOVING FORWARD: Do some research on the Examen. Try praying along with it this week.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Madhya Kerala (India), Upoko o Te Ika (New Zealand), and Gusau (Nigeria)

Ps 86:1-10,16-17 or 69:8-11(12-17),18-20 | Genesis 21:8-21 or Jeremiah 20:7-13 | Romans 6:1b-11 | Matthew 10:24-39

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