Examen – Week 3

Examen – Week 3

Daily examen

God In All Things

This is Week 3 of Desires of the Heart, a 10-week series on Ignatian spirituality and prayer. The text below is meant to companion the audio teaching and meditation.Click play and feel free to follow along. You may also download a PDF this week’s “handout” here.

“Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.”
– Luke 2:19

St Ignatius of Loyola said that the Examen is the most important prayer we can pray even if it’s all we do. Jesuits are asked to pray the Examen twice daily. This prayer comes right from the Spiritual Exercises and can be adapted to individual need and preference. The purpose of the Examen is to help us become more aware of God’s active participation and invitation in our daily lives and be an exploration of how we respond. It’s turns reflection into prayer.

Ignatius’ Version

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Who You Are: Moana’s Call to Discernment

Who You Are: Moana’s Call to Discernment

This is why I love animated films.
They seem simple but have deep meanings and life lessons.
As the new year has started, it’s great to go within and listen to our inner voice to find our true self.

God In All Things

moana-logo(Mild spoilers) Disney’s new animated film Moana presents the struggles of finding and living one’s True Self. Moana is a young girl in line to be chief of her island home, Motunui. It is an island that provides all they need. The bay provides fish, the island’s resources provide food and materials to build and create, and the people fulfil their ordained roles. The gods are providing for them abundantly and their happiness is there on the island. And Moana will help continue this pattern as the eventual new chief. This beauty and order in the opening scenes paints perfection. It might even be a reminder to us that God always provides abundantly. But for the Motunui people, the island has become a kind of false security, an attachment. They find no need to go beyond the reef that surrounds their home. “The island gives us what we need / And no one leaves,”…

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Hello, 2017!

2017 Concept Clipped Cards and Lights



A fresh new day.

A fresh new year.

I’ve never looked forward to a new year as much as I did for Y2017.

Y2016 was exciting and fun, but posed a lot of challenges, work-wise and otherwise.

So as I start on this year, I pray that Y2017 will be kinder and sweeter.

I pray for good health, peace, joy and serenity for me and my loved ones

and attained goals and happy clients and employees for our company.

I pray I will fear less, and have more faith as the kids tread on new paths.

I hope to see new places and reconnect with dear friends.

All in all, I just want a peaceful, quiet, healthy, meaningful life.

Well, it may not truly be a simple wish but I affirm this in my life now.

Lord, please grant this wish and please make the world a more peaceful world to live in.

Thank you for all the blessings in Y2016.

I claim all Your provisions for Y2017.

Thank you and goodbye, 2016!

Hello and hugs, 2017!





Kids & Hurts

All parents wish we could protect our kids from life’s hurts.
We hurt when they hurt.
If we could carry their pains, and spare them from the hurts,
we would. I would.
But we know these pains can only make them stronger.
And their life could only get better after every challenge.
Lord, please protect our beloved children and heal their hurts.
Make their heart full of Your love, that they may seek & glorify only You.
May they know that we are one with them in their hurts,
silently praying for them to be healed.
May they have acceptance
And surrender to You knowing they will never be alone, with You by their side..
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The Ten Commandments for Those Over 50 Years Old

This is one article I have saved on my PC and is worth reading now.

I.  Face and accept the reality of getting old, its consequences and the limitations which growing old brings. Act and behave your age. Quit fooling yourself by trying to look like you were in your youth.

II.  Focus on enjoying people, not on indulging in or accumulating material things.

III.  Plan to spend whatever you have saved. You deserve to enjoy it and the few healthy years you have left. Travel if you can afford it. Don’t leave anything for your children or loved ones to quarrel about. By leaving anything, you may even cause more trouble when you are gone.

IV.  Live in the here and now, not in the yesterdays and tomorrows. It is only today that you can handle. Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may not even happen.

V.  Enjoy your grandchildren (if you are blessed with any) but don’t be their full time baby sitter. You have no moral obligation to take care of them. Don’t have any guilt about refusing to baby sit anyone’s kids, including your own grandkids. Your parental obligation is to your children. After you have raised them into responsible adults, your duties of child-rearing and babysitting are finished. Let your children raise their own off-springs.

VI. Accept physical weakness, sickness and other physical pains. It is a part of the aging process. Enjoy whatever your health can allow.

VII.  Enjoy what you are and what you have right now. Stop working hard for what you do not have. If you do not have them, it’s probably too late.

VIII.  Just enjoy your life with your spouse, children, grandchildren and friends. People, who truly love you, love you for yourself, not for what you have. Anyone who loves you for what you have will just give you misery.

IX. Forgive and accept forgiveness. Forgive yourself and others. Enjoy peace of mind and peace of soul.

X.  Befriend death. It’s a natural part of the life cycle. Don’t be afraid of it. Death is the beginning of a new and better life. So, prepare yourself not for death but for a new life .

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Fr. Jerry

“Life is between B and D. Birth and Death.
C is about Choice. Choose to be good, to be happy.
Choose CHRIST in this life.
After D comes E. Eternity.
No more pain, no more sadness.
Eternal joy in Heaven. With God.”

Father Jerry Orbos, SVD