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A Salesian Examen of Conscience

Observe where you have failed, and make fresh resolutions

 

 

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We continue our series with Part V, Chapter 3, “Examination of the Soul as to its Progress in the Devout Life, from An Introduction to the Devout Life. Here Saint Francis describes how we should go about making an examination of conscience for a period of days.

This second point is somewhat lengthy, and I would begin by saying that there is no need for you to carry it out all at once. Divide it by taking your conduct towards God at one time, all that concerns yourself another time, all that concerns your neighbour, and fourthly, the examination of your passions. It is neither necessary nor expedient that you make it upon your knees, always excepting the beginning and the end, which includes the affections.

The other points of self-examination you may make profitably when out walking, or better still, in bed, that is, if you can keep wide awake and free from drowsiness; but to do this you must read them over carefully beforehand. Anyhow, it is desirable to go through this second point in three days and two nights at the most, taking that season which you can best manage; for if you go through it at too distant intervals you will lose the depth of impression which ought to be made by this spiritual exercise.

After each point of examination observe wherein you have failed, and what is lacking to you, and in what you have chiefly failed, so that you may be able to explain your troubles, get counsel and comfort, and make fresh resolutions. It is not necessary entirely to shun all society on the days you select for this work, but you must contrive a certain amount of retirement, especially in the evening, so as to get to bed somewhat earlier than usual, with a view to that rest, bodily and mental, which is so important for serious thought. And during the day make frequent aspirations to Our Lord, Our Lady, the Angels, and all the Heavenly Jerusalem. Everything must be done with a heart full of God’s Love, and an earnest desire for spiritual perfection. To begin this examination:

1. Place yourself in the Presence of God.

2. Invoke the Holy Spirit, and ask light of Him, so that you may know yourself, as Saint Augustine did, crying out, “Lord, teach me to know Thee, and to know myself;” and Saint Francis, who asked, “Who art Thou, Lord, and who am I?” Resolve not to note any progress with any self-satisfaction or self-glorification, but give the glory to God Alone, and thank Him duly for it.

Resolve, too, that if you should seem to yourself to have made but little progress, or even to have gone back, that you will not be discouraged thereby, nor grow cool or indolent in the matter; but that, on the contrary, you will take fresh pains to humble yourself and conquer your faults, with God’s Help.

Then go on to examine quietly and patiently how you have conducted yourself towards God, your neighbour and yourself, up to the present time.

Ave Maria University Welcomes Visitation Monastic Exhibit at its Canizaro Library

Canizaro Exhibit Gallery


The Canizaro Exhibit Gallery, located on the second floor of the Canizaro Library, features a rotating selection of works by local artists, international artists, and students.

Current Exhibit   Artist Anne Goetze

Pray to Love, Love to Pray (about the Visitation Monastery of Annecy)
August 28, 2017 – October 30, 2017

Pray to Love from Anne Goetze on Vimeo