Relationships and the Examen – Ignatian Spirituality

I’ve been lonely these days.

This time of COVID has taken a toll on my relationships. Some aren’t but snug. Some pals have realized to get alongside with out a social life and not want me. Some have severed our friendship as a consequence of variations of opinions.

I do know I’m not alone. I do know many are feeling this pulling and urgent on their communities and relationships.

Whenever I really feel a change in my non secular well being, I return to the Examen to get me again on observe. I really feel like the Examen all the time reveals to me what is admittedly taking place, so I resolve to wish the prayer earlier than mattress.

As I sit in God’s presence, I already really feel much less lonely, realizing God is right here with me. I ask him to indicate me the place he has been current in my day and the place he’s working.

As I overview the day, I consider the folks with whom I’ve interacted. My eldest son had a trumpet lesson at the moment. Each week his instructor comes out to the automotive to say hey to me. He doesn’t have to do that, however he does. He too loves Jesus. He doesn’t even notice how a lot his little hellos encourage me.

At faculty decide-up, there was a mother who stated hey to me and requested me how my day was going. At lunch I had a name from my sister. We ate lunch collectively, two states between us. I heard about every of her youngsters and what they’re as much as.

This morning, after my husband and sons left for work and faculty, I acquired a textual content from my closest childhood good friend. She had learn a Scripture passage that morning that she thought I’d like and had despatched me an image of it.

And this morning at the fitness center, I noticed a girl I hadn’t seen in a very long time. Noticing I appeared discouraged, she stated to me, “I’m telling you the same thing you told me a few weeks ago, ‘Let your light shine.’”

As I look over my day, I notice that God was there, working and loving me via these folks. I noticed I’m not alone.

I additionally bear in mind one second in the morning as I acquired the boys prepared for varsity. My oldest was grouchy; I used to be grouchy again. I wasn’t affected person or form with him. I made the scenario worse.

In God’s presence, seeing how God was making an attempt to get my consideration all day, my shortcomings and my sin turn into extra apparent—however so does God’s grace. I make an apology and the energy to maneuver via tomorrow with extra grace.

I do know my son continues to be awake. He is studying in mattress once I peek in on him. I remind him of my rudeness with him that morning and ask him for forgiveness. “Oh, Mom, I already forgot about it!” He laughs and offers me an enormous hug.

I do know I’m not alone. I simply have to preserve my coronary heart open.

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