Living in the Two Hearts

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33 Days to Morning Glory… Week III, Reflection #2…

Blssd Mother Teresa, angel of the poor, pray for us!

Blssd Mother Teresa, angel of the poor, pray for us!

As Christians, Our Lord instructed us how to pray while He was with us, and it is recorded in Mathew’s Gospel, Chapter 6, verses 9 to 13 (emphasis added)…

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our transgressions as we forgive those who transgress against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

And Jesus continues with this very important reminder (Mt 6:14-15) …

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

This forgiveness is the forgiveness that belongs to the universal priesthood of believers, as explained to us by St. Peter, himself, in 1Peter 2:9…

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

Though it is not the Sacrament of Reconciliation, this practice still bears importance when we have wronged our brethren and been wronged by them because it brings about the healing of the WHOLE Body of Christ.

So how do we recognize the need to forgive others and seek forgiveness for our own sins? Well, have you ever heard of a daily examen?

An examen is basically a list. A daily examen encourages you to look at your day and give THANKS when blessings occurred, and ask for PARDON when you didn’t do too well with patience, charity, and the like. In short, when you sinned.

To get into the habit of making a daily examen:

Make a list at the end of your day of all the blessings you perceived and the opportunities you had to “die” to self, and give a heart-felt THANKS for those times.  Then list the things you did that were not so stellar, where you sinned and failed to do what God was asking of you.

It’s a good idea to conclude this exercise with praying the Our Father in heart-felt repentance.  After a time you might discover that this practice becomes part of your nightly prayers where…

…this practice … the writing down a list might just become a mental activity.

But one has to start the practice. After all, is not this whole Marian Consecration all about enveloping ourselves in God’s Mercy? So begin TODAY! and make a daily examen of where God’s Blessings were present, where you didn’t do too well with His blessings, and where forgiveness of other’s actions is required.  To help, here is an Examination of Conscience. This is also useful before entering into the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

As Blessed Mother Teresa says…

Whenever we come close to Him – we become partners of Our Lady, St. John [the Evangelist], and [St. Mary] Magdalen. Hear Him. Hear your own name.

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