Morning Ignatius Spirituality for Mom: Or you plan God decides

fbcid371439632-73727314-hqMy dear Mom friends; how do you do mornings?

My dear friends, I know how hard it is to find time to do anything!  When I was a first mom to our oldest I was scared to death to go to the bathroom without leaving the door open!  As I became more experienced, it got so much better!  I learned how to quell the fears.

One thing it took ages upon ages to do: plan.  Now, planning is not my strong suit.  I am more of a let life push me in the direction IT wants me to go, not a good way to live as far as I am concerned.  There is the old adage by Benjamin Franklin: If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  I have come to believe that is true, or at least you leave yourself open to be guided by forces you don’t want helping you plan your day.

Of course we all know that we plan and God decides, but at least if you spend each day talking with God about your plans for the day/week/month/life/marriage/work; things do go a lot better, even when what he decides is different than what you planned.

We all know of the Ignatian practice of the Examen, many of us may only use it in the evening, but it can, and as far I think, be very helpful to start your day.  Here is the prayer, (I found it here):

O God,
I find myself at the beginning of another day.
I do not know what it will bring.
Please help me to be ready for whatever it may be.

If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely.
If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly.
If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently.
If I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.

I pray just for today, for these twenty-four hours,
for the ability to cooperate with others according to the way Jesus taught us to live.
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
May these words that he taught us become more than words.

Please free my thinking and feelings and the thinking and feelings of others,
from all forms of self-will, self-centeredness, dishonesty, and deception.
Along with my brothers and sisters, I need this freedom to make my choices today according to your desires.
Send your Spirit to inspire me in time of doubt and indecision so that, together, we can walk along your path. Amen.

~God in all

Let’s add some questions for you to ponder with God about your day:

1. What do I feel God is calling me to do/change/positively look at.  (These are things that come from your nightly Examen.)

  • What do I feel I need to change with God’s help:  My reactions to situations, my interactions with people.
  • How will I feel when I do the things that God has called me to do?
  • How do I feel when God and I talk about what I believe he has called me to do and my own desires?

2. How do I feel called to follow the mission of Christ this day?

  • How is God asking me to use my gifts and talents this day in my life/work/family/community?
  • How do I feel I need to use my gifts and talents this day in my life/work/family/community?
  • How do I feel when God and I talk about what I believe he has called me to do and my own desires?

I hope this help you bring some peace and guidance to your day.  Remember, as moms we are called to be Priest, Prophet and Queen; so I pray that you and God are successful this day and everyday.

How you plan your day, or don’t you?  I would love to know.


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Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

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