This fellow stops in the middle of his busy day to do a Jesuit thing.

The Jesuit Daily Examen is an excellent tool which I have been using for over 3 years.  I have 5 scheduled “prayer stops” on my calendar of 2-5 minutes each which force me to stop, reflect and pray during my hectic day.  If it is on your calendar, it is more likely to happen. 

I also suggest praying the Rosary in the car on the way to work each morning with the radio off.  This is a great way to work in 20 minutes of prayer into your day.  Is there a parish near your office? 

Try attending a 6:45 am or noon daily Mass or stop by for Eucharistic adoration.  Do what ever you can to experience and worship the True Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  One last thing: get up 30 minutes earlier and make time for  spiritual reading and prayer before you leave your home in the morning.

Had lunch yesterday with a Kenilworth retiree who meets the 7 o’clock mass goers at Faith, Hope in Winnetka as he arrives early for the 8 o’clock and they are leaving, some of them heading for the Metra and the Loop.

Of course, in the Loop is St. Peter’s, on Madison Street, or farther west, Old St. Pat’s at DesPlaines & Adams, with mid-day masses.

But the Jesuit thing?

We are typically faced with countless encounters each day with people — in person, by phone or via email.  How are we acting in these encounters?  Are we living out the Beatitudes?  Are we projecting selfless love and helping others?  Are we being ethical and moral in our judgment and decision making?  The Jesuit Daily Examen I mentioned earlier is an excellent way to stop, reflect and change course during our hectic day.

How’m I doin’? he can ask himself.  Can calm down and just ask himself.  How does it fit in with whatever?

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